Weekly Review: Spending
This week’s spending was….not great. The big expense was my husband’s birthday; we went out for dinner and to see a comedian for about $100.00. It was a fun night and a planned expense.
However, I got more than carried away with summer fun spending this week. Patio lunches, Stampede celebrations, more patio lunches, and other summer delights. It’s like I discovered summer was happening and then decided it was only going to last five days. So then it was time to Party Like it’s 1999 (Terrible nineties song reference) and YOLO myself out of spending money for the next week. F word.
How do I like them Coronas? (Terrible Good Will Hunting reference)
Weekly Review: Life Under Construction
Apparently I think I’m reliving the financial equivalent of Summer Nights.
On the flip side of things – this week was fun. This was probably because I spent money like it was water. This is my first summer practicing financial accountability with my new budget and I think I kind of came into summer unprepared. During winter, I hibernate and pretend there isn’t an outside to worry about. Winter is for white bears and people with a sadistic enjoyment for risking frostbite.
Summer is my time to make up for the other eight months of my hermit-like existence, apparently. Moving forward from here, I need to figure out a way to enjoy summer without breaking my budget. Here are my thoughts:
- Dragonboating: I was part of a competitive dragonboat team a few years ago and I really enjoyed it. For some reason, I got busy with other things and didn’t return to it the following year. This is a fun and affordable option because it gets me out onto the water a couple times a week to paddle for the bargain price of a $100 for the entire summer. I’m part of a team so I get to meet new people and do something I enjoy two or three times a week. There are competitions that I would participate in over the season, but I can pick and choose those so I can plan out the expenses. The exercise would be good too!
- Entertain at home: This is not a new concept but I got out of the habit of doing this and have started going to restaurants and pubs to spend time with friends. We bought a house last summer and have a nice patio and backyard to spend time in – I will plan a bbq!
- Camping: My husband and I were invited to go camping with some friends over the upcoming long weekend. I’m going to talk to my friends and see if we can still join them and what the costs are to camp for a couple of days. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to make plans to go camping sometime in August to get away with the family for a couple of days. While we’re not in a place to go on fancier vacations – camping will be a nice way to enjoy summer.
I’ll still have to figure out a way to fund these things but that’s way more feasible than carrying on the way I did this week. I’ll keep you posted on how these things work out over the next weeks.