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Total Tally Tuesday: Checking Account Balances!

Every Tuesday, we'll report exactly how much our families have in their checking accounts -- and what they're planning to do with it.

blank_pageLori: $130.87

I think this past week or so got away from me a bit. I don't know whether to feel good that I have more than just a dollar or two left and get paid in a couple of days. Or to feel bad about how much I spent going out with friends. Most were meals with people who've done a ton to support me these past few months and I wanted to say "thank you." One even did a lot of work on my computer to keep it going without charging me a dime. In each case, I thought the least I could do was buy a little dinner. And the social time for me has been SO needed. And yet, I also recognize that I need to be more careful. If I keep it up, I'm going to undermine everything I've been working for. So, I've made a commitment to myself to put money into savings first (that's already set up via direct deposit each time I'm paid), write out all the bills that need to be covered, and then aim for leaving at least $300 in my account at all times. Anything above that would be "extra." I'm going to see how it goes for a couple of pay cycles and then reevaluate.

Leah: $1709.08

As usual, I'll use it for paying bills.

Natasha: $7923.22

My federal tax returns came in. I'm hoping I can use the money to get a new apartment!