Weekly Review: The Good
- I am learning my patterns so I know where my spending triggers are, like being in a hurry or being disorganized. At these times, I tend to go through a drive-thru for lunch because I’m hungry, tired, and have no other option.
- I am implementing a plan of action: I bought emergency lunch supplies for those days when I can’t get up in the morning have a slower start. I am able dip into my lunch supplies for those days so I can still have a healthy lunch and avoid spending extra money on fast food crap.
- I am reviewing my new strategies: I start doing something new and then review if it’s working for me on a weekly basis. By comparing my weekly results with my goals, I can make sure everything is in line. That way, I can tweak, alter, or throw out a plan that’s not working for me.
The “personal money borrowed” was money I owed to a friend for concert tickets she had bought for both of us – I gave her the $40.00 and bought her lunch at a restaurant we both liked. I also spent about $60.00 on things for our basement suite downstairs to get it ready for a renter. The cash I pulled out is $20 emergency cash I want to have in my wallet for things like parking downtown. This way, I can avoid using my credit card for those “little” purchases that really start adding up.
Weekly Review: The Bad
I have a confession to make about this week’s spending though and it’s not good. I missed my physical therapist appoint this week which is bad for a couple of different reasons. For one, it’s not doing my health any favours by missing an appointment that’s supposed to help me feel better. For two, I will now have to pay for her time because I didn’t call ahead which is $65.00 out of pocket. Not cool. I just forgot. Completely forgot. I wasn’t saving orphans from a burning building or curing cancer – I totally forgot. I’ll have to budget that in to my next week’s spending. Le sigh.
Weekly Revew: The Ugly
Now, I have a really shameful confession. I had a few parking tickets and speeding tickets piled up from six months ago a while ago and now I owe a shocking $540 in fines (I just checked into this recently). These fines date back before the blog and my decision to slow down. As I go through this process, I’m starting to discover just how much it cost me to keep going at the pace I was going. And not just financially – even though that’s a big wallop – but my health as well. You can read more about my health problem awakening here.
I’ll have to put together a budget for repayment for this, as well. Double le sigh.
My Weekly Update: Life Under Construction
I want to try different hobbies because the only things I seem to do outside the house are go to restaurants and go to movies. While these are fine, I am starting to go to parks around the city and enjoy being outside. I want to retrain my brain to enjoy stuff that’s not just food and/or a television screen – to broaden my horizons.
Finding hobbies that get me outside and moving around will help my moods, health, and my pocket book. I’ll keep working at it into next week!
What about you? How are you enjoying the nice weather?
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Matt Becker says
Thanks for the shout out Lindsey! It’s much appreciated.
Lindsey @ Cents & Sensibility says
No problem Matt! It was a great article!