Day in the Life, Experiments

Juliet’s March Financial Diary

February 28, 2017

There are times when I look at my bank account and I ask myself where all my money went. I keep track of my expenses in Quicken, but I never delved into analyzing my spending habits.

Me being a weirdo and love to self-analyze, that’s when I decided to challenge myself: for the month of March, I am giving myself a $500 budget to spend for groceries, gas, and fun money. Rent, utilities, and Internet are not included in the $500. This way I would have a better understanding of the habits and emotions behind how and when I spend money. I arbitrarily chose $500 because I think that will cover all my costs without giving me too much fun money to spend. The results from this month’s experiment can serve as a baseline for the future.

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Female Party Crasher (Part 1)


For those of you who do not know, I am currently part of a 2-year IT rotational program. A little over 3 weeks ago, I started my last rotation on the IT architecture team. And man… it’s like a whole different world than anything I’ve experienced.

My Career Trajectory
My drive to learn technical things came because I didn’t like my dad’s reaction when I told him I was going to take a Java programming class in high school. He kept going, “Really, honey? Programming is hard. Are you sure you want to take that class?” It wasn’t that my dad didn’t believe in me because I was a girl, it was because he didn’t want me to quit halfway if things got too hard. He was right – programming is hard. I cried so much senior year of high school because of that class.

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