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Okay. So I woke up this morning at 9:11. We were supposed to meet at Ali's for the Faire at 9:15.

I decided to go, called Candace and said I was running late. Got ready in record time and was at her house by 9:25. *shrug*

Had a fun time. Wanted to buy a LOT more stuff. I only got a pair of earrings. Boo.

BUT!! In the mail today came a refund of a deposit from Eastern Illinois University. Now...it's in my name. And the parents didn't know that we would be getting a refund.

Poll #163820 $250 or not $250...

Do I keep the money for myself?

Whoooooaaaaa...take the money and run!!!!
You should give it back to your mother because it was her's in the first place. And she is paying for your tuition at Indiana University.

I could use $250. Since I just gave Mama $500 for Seattle. And I'm broke as a joke. And between buying a digital camera and all the other stuff I'll need for college (RAM, mouse and other computer stuff I can't justify having Mommy buy) I'll need it. Because I'm a starving college student. And it's $250.

Cici especially should answer this. What do you think? She'll never be the wiser...


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Aug. 2nd, 2003 03:27 pm (UTC)
Ooooh. That's a tough one.

On one hand:

* She doesn't know about it being refunded.
* You most definitely need the money.

On the other hand:

* It was her money.
* She will be paying your insane tuition fees.
* She will probably do like she did with BZ and set up an automatic deposit into your checking account while you are at school.
* She will be buying you your fabulous computer.

One of my thoughts is, what if, a couple months down the road, the light bulb lights and they think "Hey, what ever happened to that money we sent to Eastern?" Then they call, and Eastern checks their records, and they find out you cashed it. Mom would be really hurt.

Maybe you could figure out a way to tell her that the check came, but was made out to you. Then ask if she wants you to write her a check for it. She may just tell you to keep it. Or she may have you sign it over. I would think, as long as Dad isn't around, it will be the first one.

But I don't know. That is a really tough call.
Aug. 2nd, 2003 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that she thinks all the money that she sent to Eastern was non-refundable...because that's what I thought too. I don't think she'd find out, it's just the guilt that would get to me. I don't know...I guess I'll have to decide how desperately I need the funds and whether I should take it. It would be SO handy though, as I'm getting stuff for college. Because even though mom will be buying a lot of it, I'm trying to get a bunch of stuff myself. Like...she didn't buy me any clothes this entire summer, I've been doing that all on my own. And I'd be buying stuff that I would otherwise feel guilty that she's spending all her money on (even if it's hers in a round about way). Like desk lamps or power cords or rechargeable batteries. Things I will be getting anyway, I can just get for myself (probably buying online for cheaper than you could get it in a store).

Meh...now I'm just trying to justify...
Aug. 2nd, 2003 03:54 pm (UTC)
i have really no say in this, because i wouldn't be able to decide either, but the one thing that came to me when reading cici and your comments to each other is, would 250 dollars you have to spend that came mysteriously from nowhere be noticed by your mother? like, would she wonder where you got the money to buy such and such [say, if she knows how much you get from camp and other sources, she can probably has a general idea of your finances...]

just a small thing i thought of.
Aug. 2nd, 2003 04:03 pm (UTC)
My family is odd in that your finances are your finances and no one asks questions as to "where did you get the money to buy all this?" or "how much did you spend when you went out?" My mom doesn't know how much I have in my checking account. She doesn't know how much I get paid at camp. She doesn't know how much I spend or what money I have. Every once in a while she'll give me $20 for an allowance, but that's the only involvement she has in my spending.

It's odd I guess, because a lot of times my friends have to call their parents for permission to buy things, especially something expensive. With me, it's my money and I can spend it how I wish. I definitely like the freedom and privacy of this, and I think it's given me a better grasp on where my money goes and how to be responsible. Sure, I still buy stuff that I don't need, but never in complete excess.
Aug. 2nd, 2003 04:42 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. Well, good luck in that decision, and sorry I didn't have any helpful input, heh.
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