Link love (Powered by ruffles and picnics in the park)

I am not too geeky to admit that I had A BLAST this week giving my bank feedback about Track My Spending and proposed developments for the tool. Online banking FTW! I’ve also got a big long serious post about finances, family and all that kind of bizzo cooking. It’s difficult to write and yet I’m really enjoying the process. Perhaps I should pursue a job at a bank, or some kind of social service to do with money management?

It’s been a glorious week weatherwise, and I’m hoping it holds until next weekend. I’m on leave, which means four whole days off alongside T! The original plan was to throw our engagement party, but my dad and brother are out of the country. Plan B: cross off a local destination off my bucket list Of course, accommodation at hotspots is all booked out, so we’ll probably just do a day trip rather than an overnight.

I also went to check out The Food Store last night for a survey. Really pricey, but the portions were decent. Their gimmick is it’s associated with the Food Channel – the TV channel plays on screens, plus you can watch the chefs in action right there in the kitchen, in the middle of the dining floor. I don’t know if the chefs from the TV show (I forget the title) actually work there, but their mugshots were at the front of the menu 😛 I wouldn’t necessarily go back on my own dollar, but it was good for a night out.

Finally, I got my six-monthly savings account statement in the mail. I freaked out when I saw the starting balance and ending balance were virtually identical.

Of course, I quickly remembered that in that time I paid for:

  1. A car in cash
  2. A dSLR
  3. A GPS
  4. And a couple of concert tickets

So really, it’s actually kind of impressive to have remained on par balance-wise. And of course, it’s now past the end-date of that statement, so we’re back up to pre-October/November levels already. Wahoo!


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4 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by ruffles and picnics in the park)

  • Reply Funny about Money April 16, 2011 at 14:36

    Thanks for the mention and the good words! 🙂

    Hope those four days are wonderful!

  • Reply The Asian Pear April 16, 2011 at 17:49

    Thanks for the link love. 🙂

  • Reply Little House April 17, 2011 at 11:39

    Thanks for the link-love!

    I thinks it’s also impressive that your savings account is the same as it was 6-months ago considering you purchased a car! It means you’ve been squirreling away a bunch of cash. 😉

  • Reply Alex April 18, 2011 at 16:20

    Thanks for the link love again. <3

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