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



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