GI Jane Finances

July 22, 2008

Credit card shuffle

Filed under: Financial distractions — gijanefinances @ 3:09 pm

My travels in the states are coming to an end. I have one more pit stop to make before heading back to Japan on Thursday. It has been pretty expensive–with the rental cars and shopping sprees. First, on the rental cars, I will have to pay $287.50 for Maryland and about the same for Chicago. Budget rental car was the business. There was not a line, my car was a brand new Hyundai. They were very efficient and close to the BWI airport.

I had decided to use Thifty at O’Hare. The distance is a many more miles away from the airport. They took nearly an hour to process the three people in front of me. Handed out the wrong car to the person in front and then later to me. The Chrysler Town and Country minivan was nice, but did not need that much room and do not want to pay to fill that tank. So, I promptly returned it, dragging my luggage behind me. In return, I got a cigarette stained and smudged Chrysler Sebring, for the same price it would have cost for the mini-van. If I did not have a 1300 hrs hair appointment, I would have returned it. A complete nightmare. Note to self, do not ever rent from Thrifty again.

I went on a final shopping spree at my favorite mall. A beautiful dress from Banana Republic was calling my name, along with several other blouses. The final damage was $500 dollars, until I applied for a Banana Republic card and received 20% off. It works out well, because I pay off the card promptly and close it. I also got some stuff at the BR and Ann Taylor outlet in Maryland for about $600.

Vacations are always a setback. Especially if I live somewhere where stuff my size are not readily available or stores I like are not there. My budget right now is a joke. But, I still need to aggressively pay off Sallie Mae in August.

Maybe, my per diem will be a little windfall.

GI Jane



  1. Well it does sound like you had fun though!? It’s the memories that count.

    I do hear ya on the rental issues!! With price of gas these days you don’t want a gas burner. I once got a Ford F150 rental and I felt like I was in a monster truck and it sipped fuel like crazy 🙂

    Comment by Zombie Money — July 27, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  2. You are right! It sure was fun.

    Comment by gijanefinances — August 24, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

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