GI Jane Finances

April 22, 2011

Shopping and Family Matters

Filed under: Uncategorized — gijanefinances @ 12:34 pm

I will attend my first auction in Korea.  I attended two carpet auctions in Japan.  I spent about $2,000 the first one and nothing on the second.  I want to update my bedroom set and own a couple of little pieces.  Hopefully, I won’t lose my mind…my upcoming vacation already cost me a pretty penny.  I am not looking forward to being reunited with my furniture in storage.  Next week, I will be going to Jeju Island again for several days.

I slacked off working out over the winter and boy did it add 20 lbs! Tae Kwon Do is certainly not enough to keep the weight off.  My Primary Care Manager is putting me on Lipitor for high cholesterol, even though I have a 1% chance of getting heart disease due to the high good cholesterol count.  So, I started running again and extending my workout.  I want to be in tip-top shape for my trip.  I know my mother will give me hell for adding on weight.  I do not know why because she is pretty overweight and never ran a mile in her life!

Family matters

My brother saved $3,000 in his 401K.  His expenses are pretty low: rent, cable and $3K in student loans.  He does a lot things right, just wish he would tackle the student loans quicker.  My mother is still planning on retiring in July.  Both parents will live on Social Security and their modest nest egg.  I’m nervous that they are a bit overconfident.  They live simply apart from their love of cruises, a small mortgage note and property taxes on two house. Oy vey!  They do not listen to me, so I just have to watch and see how this will work.

GI Jane



  1. Your Mum just wants you to have what she didn’t but that is just a guess. Take it that she loves you and wants you to look good for her!
    Wow buying rugs at an auction in Korea, not something I would have thought of doing – I did buy a rug in Turkey years ago and haven’t seen it since (it’s in storage in my little brothers barn), one of these days I hope to find it again.

    Comment by LisaClark — April 23, 2011 @ 4:24 am

  2. You are right about my mother. She can be interesting at times, but she means well I suppose. I think I am done with carpets. This one is a furniture auction, so I do not know how out-of-control it will be.

    Comment by gijanefinances — April 23, 2011 @ 9:47 am

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