Give Me Back My Five Bucks

See you soon, Vancouver!

Today I leave for Paris! :)

Couldn’t sleep at all last night. I’m finally excited, and finally ready to believe that this is actually happening.

After my round-the-world-trip plans got canceled a few years ago, I was devastated. So I’ve been really conscious about not getting my hopes up about travel. Even though we booked our flights and accommodation, received our travel visas, and I quit my job, something inside of me told me just to back off and not get too wrapped up in planning something that might just fall through.

Anyway, I have posts scheduled here, and on Moneyville. But I might not be around to answer e-mails, comments, or tweet a whole lot for the next 4 or 5 days.

I will, however, continue to update my Tumblr account. So make sure to subscribe to that feed, follow me, or bookmark the link. That’s where most of my travel photos will be held. :)

Also, I’ve started wasting time on Pinterest. Not sure how great it is for my productivity, but it’s certainly fun! :)

Spending Recap: January 16-22, 2012

Monday 16th
$17.37 Pearl Hot Pot
$44.91 gas

Tuesday 17th
+ $760 freelance/side income
$1 parking
$16.73 Canada Post

Wednesday 18th
+ $350 freelance/side income
$7.95 Fraser Park Restaurant

Thursday 19th
+ $750 freelance/side income
No Spend Day! 

Friday 20th
$135.62 The Keg

Saturday 21st
$4.71 convenience store

Sunday 22nd
No Spend Day! 

WEEKLY EXPENSES– $228.29
WEEKLY SIDE INCOME *+ $1,860

TOTAL: + $1,631.71

I spent a ridiculous amount of money on going out to eat this week. But there were so many people to see before we leave in a few days. The $135.62 I spent at The Keg was because Nic and I wanted to take my neighbour out for dinner. She’ll be looking after my place while I’m gone, and didn’t want to take money for it. So a nice dinner was the least we could do. :)

Also I didn’t buy groceries, because I’m trying to eat through my freezer and pantry. Which means a lot of weird meals, but it’s saving me money because I’m eating what I’ve already purchased, and I’m not spending money to buy anything new.

* This is all income I bring in that is above and beyond my full-time job. Money is primarily made through my two blogs and my graphic design business.

Roam Mobility Review & Exclusive Coupon Code

There’s nothing I hate more than having to pay roaming and long distance charges when I travel to the USA. And last year, I traveled a lot. Even with the $10/month U.S. data roaming option provided to me by Rogers Wireless, I still paid hundreds of dollars in roaming charges in the last 12 months alone.

Enter Roam Mobility. This Vancouver-based company is now offering us Canucks a flexible, affordable, and commitment-free (no contracts!) roaming option when traveling across the border.

When I was at the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago this past September, I ended up paying $10 (data roaming option) + $63.32 (roaming charges) = $73.32. And that was using my data sparingly over the course or just 3 days. Not cool, Rogers Wireless. :|

BUT, If I had used the Roam Mobility talk/text/data plan, I would have only had to pay $24.95. Which would have gotten me 200 MB of data, unlimited talk and text within the US AND back to Canada, plus free voicemail and caller ID. There’s a wide range of plans available for everyone – even data plans for your iPad! Or just regular talk/text plans for those who don’t have data.

I personally cannot wait to use the service during my next trip across the border!

How Roam Mobility works

In order to use this service, you will either need to purchase a SIM card for $19.95 (if you have an unlocked smartphone), or you can buy a reusable travel phone from Roam Mobility for $39.95 (which includes the SIM card). The only down side to the reusable travel phone is that you can’t use data with it, but you can talk/text all you want. :)

When you buy a SIM card on the Roam Mobility website, it will be shipped to you within 2-5 business days. Then, you will activate your device online, and then be able to pick a plan instantly. You won’t receive your US phone number right away, but as soon as you cross the border, your US number will be sent to your cell phone by text message and e-mail.

As long as you use the service within one year, your US phone number will remain active. AND, when you’re not using the phone, you can even share the phone with friends and family who are traveling south.

Exclusive Coupon Code

Roam Mobility has been kind enough to give GMBMFB readers an exclusive discount on their product! For a limited time, you will get $5 off a Roam Mobility SIM or Micro-SIM card (limited to one SIM per customer, regular price: $19.95) AND they will waive 100% of the shipping fees. This will give you a total savings of around $16 CDN. Use coupon code: GMBMFB (valid until 01/31/2012).

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