Monday, March 1, 2010

Preparing for a summer in the city

Those of you that have been reading my blog for the past year know that I am in a grad school program that required me to spend last summer and this summer coming up in New York City at a certain school on the Upper West Side. Last year I funded my 6 weeks in the city through income that I get in the summer from being a teacher and my part time job.

This year I will fund my summer in the NYC differently. I have an ING Direct sub account strickly for my living expenses this summer. Every month I put $100.00 into that account.

As it stand right now I have $225.00 in the account. However, by the end of June I will have $625.00 in the account. Finishing off these classes so that I can graduate was supposed to take six weeks but it is looking like me and my cohort will only have to be there 5 weeks (from the last week in June 28-August 1. This will give me $125 a week to spend for food, transportation to Philly and back on the weekends ( only $22.00 round trip with my megabus), and possibly metrocards. Last year I lived close to school and close to Harlem so I walked everywhere, and the only time I used public transportation was to take the train downtown to catch the megabus.

My only other concern is housing. Last summer I dropped $2000 on a room six weeks. I had to pay for the whole month of June even though I was only there for the last two weeks. This year I am going to negotiate my sublet. I refuse to pay more than $1100 for 5 weeks, and still would like to be within walking distance of everything.

Around May I will start the hunt.

This morning I heard birds tweeting when I woke up. It has me thinking about spring, and then summer, school, my final project, and then.... my wedding.

until next time, think prosperous thoughts

YBP

2 comments:

Chitown said...

It seems like you have a very solid plan in place. You are very disciplined with your money which I truly admire.

I hear a bird outside of my window every morning around the same time...like a rooster at 6:30 in the morning. While I am glad it's an indication of Spring coming...the darn thing is driving me nuts. LOL

YBP said...

naw...im not that disciplined. I have everything automatically taken out before I even get my hands on it.