It has been a few weeks since I have given an update on my week in finances. I’m overdue for an update.
A high school student came knocking on my door on Wednesday. He was trying to sell newspaper subscriptions in an effort to get a $500 college scholarship. He was shocked when I said I had no interest in the local paper. He said that if I bought it, he’d come by and have it recycled every day. What an amazing sales technique?!?! Buy something you don’t want and I’ll dispose of it for you. When I continued to say that I wasn’t interested, he said incredulously, “You’re not interested in helping me go to college?” I wasn’t all that interested at $99 a year for a subscription. Does that make me a bad person? If someone knocks on your door and tries to sell you something you don’t want, does that obligate you to buy – even if it’s for a good cause?
I’ve been saving money this week as I’ve stayed late at work to get free dinners. My fiancÃ©e is using some of her pile of vacation time to tie up loose ends for the wedding back in Boston. If she were around I’d come home early to have dinner with her.
I’m getting ready to make another $1000 payment towards my HELOC. I’m pretty excited about it as I’ve made nearly $5000 worth of payments since February. The only reason I pause to make the payment is that we have that wedding coming up and costs associated with that.
A non-financial thought for this week:
I’ve talked about the billboards along highway 101 on my commute in Silicon Valley in the past. This week a new one popped up that caught my eye like none before. The company I work for has a couple of 800-gorillas that have niche products in the space. One of them took out a billboard targetting exactly that niche – not a good sign for my company – pun intended.