Kiwisaver – deductions have NOT started – sigh. I did get a letter from Huljich confirming my application…and wrongly assumed deductions would start asap!
Graduation – I received $100 Australian dollars from my rellies, who were in town last weekend after a trip around the South Island. I spent about half on a nice dinner out with T and saved the rest. I even wrote them a thankyou note; something I’m stupidly proud of, that I’ve never actually done before!
My parents gave me a very generous thousand dollars. I always feel strange about accepting things from them. Not so much things like food and other random bits and pieces, but certainly hard cash. I understand they want to help out, and in this case acknowledge/reward what I’ve achieved. But it’s a struggle – I swing between envying others I know who have a lot of financial support from their families, to fiercely wanting to make it entirely on my own, without any help at all. I try to remember that being independent doesn’t have to mean forsaking gifts, and to accept graciously.
I’m also happy that I’ve been able to bump up the amount I put away weekly for utilities to $80.
Finally, I started a travel fund with my first paycheck from my side job – $355 in all, which I’m hoping will pay for a midweek mini holiday to Waiheke later this summer. And they’re dealing with me as an employee, not a contractor, so that cuts out tax dramas!
(I’m also featured in the Carnival of 20something Finances over at My Beauty and Fashion this week!)