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January 2010 Monthly Goals

Can you believe it’s 2010 already? If you haven’t already checked out my goals for 2010, you can click here to read them.

Below is my budget for January 2010, as well as my monthly goals. I was hoping that it would be a nice, inexpensive month … but due to some (poor?) last-minute planning, BF and I are headed up to Whistler to go skiing and ring in the New Year with some friends. It will be more expensive than I had anticipated, but we will be sharing accommodation and we have free ski passes. So it shouldn’t be too tragic.

The Whistler costs are in the Travel category, and I’ve set aside $225. That includes accommodation, as well as food and drink. Hopefully the other people we’re going with are budget-conscious as well, because I really don’t want to be going out to eat every meal. I could have taken the money out of my Travel Fund and have it not affect my budget, but I think I can deal with it from my regular pay cheques.

January Goals:

  • Go skiing 6x.
  • Go rock climbing 3x.
  • Work out on my Wii 2-3x per week.
  • $600 into Retirement Portfolio.
  • $100 into Emergency Fund.
  • $50 into Car Fund.
  • List at least 5 items on eBay.

I haven’t blogged in 5 days!?!

Wow, I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without blogging. It’s been really nice having this extra time off. Yesterday BF and I went skiing for the day at Grouse with 2 of my friends. We all had a great time, and I can’t wait to go back when the snow is better.

As for Christmas, I got completely spoiled. From my parents, we got a 2-inch Serta memory foam mattress topper (LOVE it), a new down duvet, and 800-thread count duvet cover & 2 pillow cases. Plus some lotto tickets and chocolates. :)

From my sister, I got the Wii Fit & balance board (woo hoo!), 2 books, a merino wool cardigan, and a SLAP CHOP (stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life!).

My sister’s boyfriend got me 2 headbands from Lululemon that I’ve been wanting.

Also, even though BF and I weren’t exchanging presents this year, he bought me a super cute Pillow Pets penguin. If there are 2 thing that everyone knows about me, is that I sleep with a mountain of pillows (at least 4, preferably 5 or 6), and I heart penguins.

When I was leaving work on Christmas Eve, the President gave me $100 as a Christmas gift from him and his wife. :) So since I saved my $500 bonus from work, I decided to spend the $100 on myself on Boxing Day. I ended up buying Super Mario Bros. for Wii, 4 scarves, and some Calvin Klein undies.

I also really really enjoyed being with family. A lot has happened in 2009. Lots of changes. 2 loved people have passed away, an aunt has moved back to China, a cousin has moved to Africa, and another cousin has moved to Halifax. Thankfully Chinese New Year is right around the corner so hopefully I’ll get to see everyone again.

Now, I’m off to tackle that Holiday TO DO LIST that I ambitiously made for myself.

How were your holidays!?

Happy Holidays!

Dear GMBMFB Readers,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,
Krystal. :)

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