OK, so not really. Not the middle name, anyway. Or maybe my boy name was Christopher. I wouldn't know, I wasn't born yet.
But that's not what this is about.
A couple of weeks ago we got my credit card bill. The one that had our new apartment's security deposit and first month's rent and all of my cross-country travel costs on it. It totalled more than $4000. $1400 of that was travel costs. I spent almost $500 on hotel pet fees... but only $10 on food (which is kind of amazing--the most expensive consumable I bought the entire drive out to California was a can of Red Bull). I spent $250 on gas. There was also about $300 of vet bills on there to pay for kitty sedatives and a stockpile of insulin for Jasper.
We've been going back and forth for the past couple of weeks about how much of it we could pay. I argued that we should just pay all of it. Jason wanted to wait until we got the stipend from the Navy to cover my travel. The problem is, we won't get that until he's out of training and reports to his command in May. So we had a dilemma: do we empty our savings account to cover it all right now, or do we hold on to our Benjamins by paying the minimum and waiting until next month to pay it off?
I voted the former, Jason the latter.
I grew up having the fiscally-responsible mantra "never pay interest" drilled into my brain: If you can't afford to pay for something when the bill comes in a month (if not pay for it up front), you can't afford to buy it--period. An excellent lesson. Thanks, Mommy! Also, always live east of where you work.
Jason's upbringing was different. Hence our opposing points of view.
I let it go until Thursday, the date by which I had decided I needed to mail the payment. I did the math and proved to Jason that we would have enough money to pay off my credit card and still afford our rent and car payments. It did help that I got a 5% raise this week (yay!).
He reluctantly agreed that I could pay the full amount.
He had wanted to go to an amusement park this weekend. I gently suggested that perhaps now was not the time, since we had bills to pay and ought not be adding to the tab. Even though we can get discounted tickets, there's still the cost of the drive there, parking, food, and souvenirs.
Again, he reluctantly agreed. See also: the wife is always right.
It might be hypocritical of me to veto Jason's fun day, since he just spent $200 on New Kids on the Block tickets for me. In all fairness, though, I didn't know he was buying them at all, let alone spending so much on them. And he got to have beer and pizza while he was at the concert, so it wasn't a total bust for him.
So the credit card payment is in the mail. We'll go to Disneyland next month when the Navy pays up. Meanwhile, we'll seek out entertainment a little closer to home.
Of course, we did go spend $100 on