Hey all- First of all I am so glad that my paycheck is divided up over the whole year. I know a lot of people don't like that but I sure do. This is the first summer I haven't really had much to do in a long time. Every summer until last I taught Summer School. Last year I was really sick, in school AND looking for a job. It was a rough summer and I spent a good deal of it in bed watching TV, waiting for doctors to call and waiting for principals to call- and a lot of time crying and worrying. So now I almost taught Summer school- but then didn't (then they called me today and asked me to- but I can't now I made plans to go out of town when they didn't seem to need me. Anywhoo. I'm in a class- but instead of it meeting 9 - 10 times it only meets six times with research on our own. The point is that I've been really enjoying myself and running a lot (literally) and enjoying summer in Chicago. Going to farmers markets and restaurants and Target. I've also been loosing weight so I've been shopping- but I'm not at my goal etc. So I shouldn't be splurging. There is plenty to do for free in Chicago- so why I keep spending money I don't know. I'm going on three trips in the next few months. 2 are with family and 1 is with friends. So I sure shouldn't be spending money. Payday Friday please come soon. I've never been a great budgeter- Anyone else struggling with this...?