I meant to p0ast this earlier but I forgot.
In June, for the first time in my life, I made a donation the campaign of a political candidate. I'm not going to tell you who, or what office they're running for, but it's someone I really believe in and would like to see succeed. So I made a pretty sizable (for me) donation, and it was matched by a former donor. That was part of the reason I chose to donate when I did - I was inspired by the commitment that a former donor was showing to continue being part of the campaign if he/she was willing to match donations (which could be up to $2300, potentially, although mine of course was much smaller than that). But I figured if other people are willing to make continuing commitments to this cause, then that confirms my feeling that there is something special going on here. I really want to see this person elected, and because I feel passionately about what I think should happen, I decided to "put my money where my mouth is," as the saying goes, even though I am otherwise being so tight-fisted with the rest of that money.
So my update figure could have been a little higher, but I'm glad that I was secure enough to be able to do this and I'm proud of my active participation in the democratic process. Yay!
Oh and I swear I really will update my budget doc later and give you a real update figure ;) I think it will be a good one. I just keep forgetting!
P.S. Make sure you get informed and VOTE this year! :)