The Cat & Vet Bills
I’m a little out of it today because I didn’t sleep well last night. My cat Pepe woke me up again with that god-awful cat barf sound. I swear it’s like their little kitty voices get amplified when they puke.
This is probably not cause for concern for most people, but a couple weeks ago I had to take Pepe to the vet because he threw up all night (and it’s not the first time it’s happened). He’s 14, so I expected at some point things like this would happen, and he was diagnosed with Stage 2 kidney disease (very common in cats). The prognosis is anyone’s guess. He could live with it for a long time or it could advance quickly. It comes down to management, and that means a new diet, 6-month check-ups and blood work, and any medications that might come along with it.
It’s tough to shell out $350, but any pet owner knows this comes with the territory. But now any time Pepe throws up in the middle of the night it immediately sets off health and financial alarms. I’m not future-tripping, meaning I’m not projecting the worst in this situation, but it’s still hard to re-wire my brain to go back to sleep easily.
Purge & Swap Party
On Saturday my friend is hosting a purge and swap party, where we can bring any household item or clothes to either sell, swap, or giveaway! My goal of course is to sell, but hey, maybe someone has something I could really use and I can trade. I think this might be a more detailed future post. Neat idea though huh?
People Seem to Hate Reporters
So many of you know I got hired by CreditCards.com to be a freelance reporter. I’m finding one of the most challenging things is calling/emailing experts in a given topic to do an interview with me. You’d think my last name was Trump or something, given how difficult this task seems to be. I had one guy yell at me on the phone yesterday saying stuff like, “you people like to report on fear and chaos and…” I guess I’ve “made it” when I’ve become “you people?” 🙂 Anyway, here is a video of my first report. Look out Barbara Walters! 🙂
If this month had a theme word it would be “discipline.” I’ve had to say “no” to a lot of things I wanted to do, or buy, and it’s been challenging! But, I’m really trying to flex that delayed gratification muscle this month by not giving in to temptation. I think it’s been sometimes hard for people around me to understand…for instance, the beach volleyball class I coach on Wednesday nights is constantly trying to get me to come out to the bar after. I feel guilty…and somewhat lame for never going, but I know if I go I’ll be too tempted to get a beer and apps (because I’m always starving after class). Cut to $20 being spent in no time. No big deal for some…a big deal to me currently.
How We Feel About Personal Finance
Finally, Madeline sent me this infographic that I wanted to share. I get lots of requests to post infographics and normally I don’t, but this one spoke to me because it’s rather sobering, and it keeps me on my disciplined track.
Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m also babysitting Saturday night, and going on a hike on Sunday. Mixing things up a bit!