Well, I was under budget this month. This was a bit unexpected, but I attended a conference for 4 days (where all food was provided), and then was gone to Toronto for 5 days. So, because of that my grocery expenses were down, I was too busy to be super social, and I also didn’t drive that much.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to stay under budget for October as well. It should be doable, since I’ll be spending 18 days traveling – and 8 of those days I’ll be traveling for work, so the majority of my expenses will be paid for. Anybody have any travel tips for Lyon, France? Also, do you think I can somehow claim macarons as a business expense? :P
Anyway, here are my results from last month:
- Clothing – I bought a pair of cold weather running tights from Lululemon.
- Travel – went a little bit overboard on my spending in Toronto for #CPFC13, but for the most part I kept my spending under control. :)
- Personal Care – this included renewing my skincare products (I use Origins, if you’re curious), as well as a desperately needed hair cut.
Net Worth Change: + $1,283 (+ 1.49%)
- Run 120 km. FAIL. I injured my foot a few weeks ago at field hockey practice, and it still hasn’t fully healed. It isn’t serious enough for me to stop exercising at this point, but if it gets any worse, I’m going to have to serious reevaluate my fitness goals this year. Deep in the back of my mind, I’m pretty sure it’s a stress fracture. But I’ll be going to see my doctor soon for an evaluation. As a result of this injury, I only ran 75km this month.
- Earn $2,000 in extra income. PASS. I only got paid $1,495.64, but I would have made an extra $1,500 if I had actually been paid on time by some of my clients. So I’m giving myself a pass, because I know I’ll get that money in the next week or so.
- Bring my lunch to work Monday-Thursday. FAIL. I bought my lunch two extra times this month. Whoops!
- Stay on budget while in Toronto. FAIL. I had budgeted $150 for the 5 days I was there, but ended up spending $176.98. Although to be fair, I had decided not to go to the Blue Jays game (Thursday’s conference social event). But at the last minute, I decided to go (albeit I missed the beginning of the game). The ticket was $25, and if I hadn’t gone, I would have been almost exactly on budget. Still, it was worth it.
- Get my business cards printed in time for CPFC13. CHECK! Although I kind of screwed up and I think the type is too small for the pulp paper I chose. Still debating whether to keep them, or print them again with a bolder font. :|