Work Trip – To Chicago!
September 28, 2009 5 Comments
So I leave next Sunday to go on a work trip to the lovely land of Chicago. I’ll be there for an entire week. I’m pretty excited about going. I found myself a hotel that will take dogs, so I’m most likely going to take Jack with me (I’ll be driving to Chicago).
I’ll be in a hotel paid for by work for the entire week, however, I had to pay for it up front. In the past this has caused me GREAT pains as I’ve had to shuffle money around, put it on my credit card, ect. However, this time, I was just able to transfer the money out of my emergency fund for the hotel – then I’ll put it back in when I get reimbursed (within a week after returning). In my career I travel a far amount, at least 3-5 times per year for work – usually for at least a week. And typically I have to pay for everything out of pocket and then get reimbursed for the expense. And this has caused me to do A LOT of stupid things. Even as recently as January, I took money out of my mutual funds in order to pay for everything that I needed to for a conference that I was chairing.
However, this time I was able to just pull out of my emergency funds – not touching any of my day-to-day expenses – and not having to touch my credit card or my mutual funds. WHAT A RELIEF! – This is exactly the sort of feeling that I hoped to have once my emergency fund was in place. However, since I’ve taken money from my emergency fund – I’m going to lower my bars on the right. I’ll put them back at their correct value when I get paid back and put the money back into the E-fund. Seems only right, right?
Now – on to the fun stuff – are any of you bloggers from the Chicago area? I’d love some suggestions for some fun, inexpensive things to do during my evenings. =D