I have been waiting for about 2.5 months for my GRE fee waiver to come through. I was super excited because I thought I'd be saving $130. Well my application for graduate school was DUE JUNE 1st. Classes start August 27th. It's JULY and I have no friggin' waiver. So I had to go into my bank account and spend $140 to register for the test, I'm taking it Wednesday. Granted this is not a splurge, I need to take this exam but it was money I had not planned to spend and I was angry. But the important thing is that this speeds up my application review which means I can go ahead and lay down concrete plans for the fall.
Now I have $57 until next Friday. Which is fine, I have half a tank of gas which should last me all week, I have food to each, my son has food and diapers. And I can't pay any bills until Friday anyway. I just dont like surprises.