Of Course I’m Too Broke to Go to Italy

Monday-ish Money Check-in: August 30

Let’s take a moment to say that I got my first book, based on my course, The Writer’s Welcome Kit, in to my editor yesterday. 75,000 words, 2 years of work. So, fuck yeah.

So much in my life is going right. But also, I am failing financially.

And then there’s this trip. Three months ago, back from my trip to South America where I met some cavers on the Salt Flats of Bolivia who invited me to visit, I found a round-trip ticket to Milan for $650. I’d have a free place to stay, I said. Fuck it, I said.

Of course, you dumb ass, when you sign up for a trip, the ticket is just the first cost, a down payment on all the other costs. I’m so broke from 1. my Australian client taking three months to pay me. 2. Working on my book all month instead of money-makers. 3. Buying cocktails at bars so I can use their wifi to watch Game Of Thrones on my laptop with my friend’s log in.

But I’m going to Italy, because I have a ticket, I have my passport, I’m me. My friend was struggling financially after a huge round-the-world trip I encouraged her to go on. I said I kind of regretting telling her she should.

“Oh no,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to be friends with anyone who discouraged me from going on that trip.”

This is the way we are.


The novel I have 70,000 words of is an addiction novel. One of the dangers, my mentor told me, is that addiction novels get boring. The character just keeps doing the same thing over and over. In that same way, this blog is going to get boring. I just keep doing the same thing over and over.

But, as Tonya from My Fab Finance said at the Lola Retreat, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be committed.

I am committed.

Step 1:

I was supposed to go to this fabulous art exhibit tomorrow with my friend. $40 saved.

When I check my finances, it shows me that I only spent $45 from August 21st to the 27th. That doesn’t seem right but I’ll take it!

Also, when I get back, from Sept. 15th to Oct. 15, I’m going to take the Mrs. Frugalwoods Uber Frugal Challenge.

I had to take another $1,000 out of my Fuck Off Fund. Currently at $4,000, which makes it less of a Fuck Off Fund and more of a “Please reconsider your actions” fund.


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