Weekly Review: Spending
This week’s spending was on track except I spent a little extra on some groceries. This is food that I can pack into my car for those days that I’m running behind and need something healthy and filling for breakfast or lunch. I believe I’ll be able to save at least 40% of my entertainment budget by planning ahead:
Instead of getting breakfast-to-go for $4.75 and fast food lunch out at about $7.00 two or three times a week, I’ll be able to save $35.00 a week if I pack a lunch and/or rely on my stash. So I have plan and a back-up plan for saving money since I know how good I am at sticking with my goals.
I bought gifts for my friend’s new baby for about $50 on Tuesday (under gifts and donations) and my usual costs for the physiotherapist appointment (under personal care). Thankfully my health insurance immediately pays for the other half of the appointment – it would be get expensive fast.
Weekly Review: Life
This week, I was off from work for a vacation. It was my first time off since my wedding back in October and I really, really needed it. I didn’t have any grand plans beyond catching up on sleep, relaxing a bit, and getting in some reading. I’ve spent a lot of time at parks this week so I can start moving around more and find ways of enjoying my time without spending money. I recommend it, it’s been really great to be outside after such a long winter!
Since starting my monthly challenge of slowing down, I’ve been trying to take time every day to just spend time being – not doing. Last week, I posted my first week of Project 365 which is dedicated to taking a picture of something you notice everyday. I still suck at the ever day thing but I do manage to take enough pictures in a week to have something to share.
I’ve also started walking our dog with my husband every night around our little neighbourhood pond. It’s a nice chance to spend some time together outside and without distractions. While we have the nice weather, I fully intend of taking advantage and keep up this practice – it’s been a nice little moment of quiet in an otherwise busy day.
We are finishing up the last touches on our basement this weekend – assembling a wardrobe and some paint touch-ups – and we should have it advertised sometime this week. After some research and asking some friends who are currently renting, we’re going to start by asking $800 for the space. Hopefully we can have someone in by mid to late June.
That’s about it for this week, happy Monday!
Mom and Dad Money Optimizing My Work Commute: Challenging one of my money rules *This a great example of how we need to challenge our every day assumptions about our daily life.
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The Heavy Purse Important College Considerations and Conversations *This is a superb article by Shannon over at the Heavy Purse. A must read for any parent and college-bound child.
Transforming the Now Put some spring in your step giveaway *A great spring giveaway worth checking out.
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