Ah, 'tis a wonderful thing to have money. Getting paid monthly sucks - you have to conserve and conserve and conserve and then at the end of the month you go, hey, I have a lot of money left over, and you get to splurge (a little) if you can. Sort of like the University's budget - we save all year, but if we don't spend it all by the end of the fiscal year it looks like we don't need it, so we spend the last month spending like crazy so we make sure we get at least the same amount in the next year's budget (which is fine by me as it affords us many luxuries in June). On the other hand, it's made me much more aware of my financial situation, and I don't quite feel like I'm living paycheck to paycheck, week to week like I used to (although it's still a struggle at the end of the month), plus I'm getting better at budgeting for certain things, and I think I'm actually starting to get good at paying my bills more on time as well (might as well pay at the beginning of the month when I get my one lump sum before it's all gone).
Amazingly, I actually had a little breathing room going into this month. I think it's because I didn't spend as much at Pennsic as I have in the past, I didn't have to buy a ticket to go see Quincy, I didn't have to pay for any hotels to go to any cons, and I've been going out to dinner and doing expensive social stuff less this month (probably because I was at Pennsic). It's kind of surprising, but a pleasant one. I'm hoping to sock the extra away in my savings account so I can have a little cushion for the next time my car breaks down or I need to get a ticket to see Q or whatnot.
So I spent an hour or so this morning paying my bills for the month. Feels good! :) And now I know how much I have for the rest of the month, which also looks good.