Budgeting with Chewbacca


Like the Millennial Falcon we are blazing into the week’s budget.

  • Costco: $179.64
  • Coffee Table: $21.27

A brief moment of panic when friends invite us to eat at the $8-an-item Coffee Table restaurant in Eagle Rock. Later while the boy naps I call the wife on her cell:

“Hey, what’s up?”
“Umm, don’t buy the liquid detergent.”
Pause. “Okay.”
“Get the big powdered one.”
“Doesn’t it lump up? I think you have to pour it in the water first.”
“That’s okay.”

Costco trip includes a $50 membership fee, this blows us out of the household category for the month. Last night, over cocoa, we did some financial detective work. Horrified to discover a 30% APR. Just sickened. Fortunately we are going to be able to pay off this balance in the next few weeks.

I’ve done some jimmying of our credit card and mortgage payments. Staggering the payments online, into portions that won’t bust the budget, yet will keep us from the deep shame of late fees, service fees, and general mayhem. That Millennial Falcon was fast, but held together with duct tape, as I recall.


2 Responses to “Budgeting with Chewbacca”

  1. Basil Says:

    “If I don’t pay off Jabba the Hutt I’m a dead man.” – Han Solo

  2. noma Says:

    Oooh, you nailed it. I can’t believe I called it the Millennial Falcon, though. Afterwards I thought it might pass for an obscure literary reference, but it’s just the aging brain.

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