Well, dear readers, my first paycheck has come and gone. Not gone gone, but mostly gone. I would like to say that I was a responsible adult with my first real paycheck in about a year and a half. I’d really like to, but I can’t quite go that far.
The first thing I did with my money was responsible and very adult of me – I paid my student loan bill. Good for me! I also paid a few other outstanding bills. Then I spent the rest of it. To be fair, I bought a bunch of stuff I needed to make a bunch of Christmas presents. And I bought a few gifts that I can’t DIY.
I mean, yeah, of course I also bought a bunch of stuff for myself. Things I’ve wanted for months but haven’t had the disposable income to purchase. Like a cute new coat. And a new pair of Chucks (I’m obsessed). And an Achievement Hunter t-shirt. And some video games (used, of course). And lots of other unnecessary stuff. Like candy and ice cream and nail polish.
I’m surprised by how quickly and easily I spent my money now as compared to how stingy I would be when I didn’t have a steady job. Knowing there’s more money on the way eases my iron grip on my bank account. I mean, if anything, I’m more mindful of how much I’m spending even though I’m spending quite a bit.
But now that I have the rush of buying things and not really worrying about having money for food and bills out of the way, maybe I can put a budget together. Or save up to by an iPad. Yeah, totally gonna get me an iPad. Wanted one for years, and I’m finally gonna get one. It’ll only take 2 paychecks for a new one and I’ve got my eye on a nice refurbished one for about $300 less. I may have money now, but I’m still a cheap skate!