I realized the other day that I was really tired of seeing my money just sitting around in my credit union, earning a few pennies (if that) each month, so I decided to move my "non-immediate" savings to ING. I transferred $500 (about half) from my vet account, my entire house account ($765.16) and my entire travel fund ($300). While the interest rates aren't what they used to be, the funds will actually earn some while they sit in ING.
I got more than I thought from my part-time job, too, so that topped up my Christmas fund, plus paid down some debt, which is nice. I now have only $53 owing on my Mastercard...I may just do a $haronRo$e and cut it up before I pay it off, simply so I'm not tempted to rack it up again! Regardless, it feels pretty good to have it down to such a small amount. I get three paycheques in December, so can you say 'bye-bye' Mastercard?
My spending over the past couple of days wasn't bad. I had arranged to meet a friend for dinner on Thursday night and when I arrived at the restaurant (the only genuine Mexican restaurant north of 60!) I saw three extra people! How fun! We had a great time and the food was excellent, as always. Mrs. Sanchez is a magician in a very small kitchen. Everything is made fresh when you order it and the place was packed.
I had a course again today, so the first spend of the day was at Tim Horton's for a tea to take with me. It was actually pretty interesting - how our branch in the government is organized - and I learned a few things that will benefit me as a supervisor. It ended about an hour earlier than it was scheduled to (yay!), so I stopped at the photo shop on my way back and then went to Subway to pick up my lunch.
It turns out that my friend brought her tripod into town for me today, so I didn't end up buying one (YAY). I had stopped at the photo store to look for something else I needed, but it turns out they didn't have it, so I saved myself some dollars there. Accessories for photography aren't cheap, so I'm actually a bit relieved right now. I'll save up to buy a few more bits over the next few months instead.
I'm off to bed. I'm tired and my nerves are starting to get the better of me, and I definitely don't want to be tired and unco-ordinated tomorrow! I have extremely expensive studio lights (borrowed) that I have to be very careful with - one slip and they're gone, quite literally - and I need to be calm and focused when I'm handling them.
We're all ready to go, so wish me luck!