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Oh dear

April 19th, 2011 at 11:34 am

I don't know if I did the right thing...

I'm going to a conference in Austin, TX this summer. When I turned in my expense plan, I quoted the going rate for airline tickets -- $280. After the conference was approved I didn't buy the ticket right away because I was waiting for the billing cycle on my credit card to end. Yesterday I heard on the news that everyone should expect fare hikes this summer, so I thought I'd better get on the stick and buy the ticket. The best fare I could find was $391 after fees and taxes. I bought it because I was afraid it could get worse. But I feel really bad that I am more than $100 over my estimate. It's not money coming out my pocket (I'll be reimbursed after the conference in July) but I hate for the College to have to pay so much. I'll have to be very good on my other expenses!

The hotel has already charged my credit card for one night's stay in advance, so this is going to be an expensive cycle on my credit card. Granted, I will get a sweet paycheck in July, so I shouldn't stress.

I also have the race in Washington DC coming up the weekend after next. That will cost me some money, too -- gas, food & lodging. I'm afraid I'm going to have to tap into my EF before this is all over. It is a good feeling to know that it's there, and even if my credit card goes sky high this month, I can still pay it off in full.

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