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February 2014 Goals

I’m looking forward to February. There are a lot of things happening – a trip to Victoria (where BF will meet my family for the first time), a ski day at Grouse, a bunch of fun freelance assignments, and a ton of field hockey and running. :)

It was also about this time last year that I decided to try 30 days as a pescetarian. I liked it so much that I decided to keep it as my lifestyle. So for this month, I’m going to try to eat vegetarian (aside for 2 meals while I’m home – we are doing a couple of big family-style meals for Chinese New Year, and I just can’t be “that person” … not just yet). There are many reasons why I think I want to take the next step and become vegetarian (health, sustainability, animal cruelty, etc.), but I know it will be difficult. So, this month-long experiment will be good. :)

In my budget, I also added a new “Fitness” expense line. This will represent all sports fees, classes, equipment, workout clothing, etc. Before, I would have grouped fees/classes into “Miscellaneous” and shoes/workout gear under “clothing.” Because I spend so regularly on fitness-related activities, I thought it deserved its own category.

02 - February Budget

February 2014 Goals:

  • Try two new recipes. Vegetarian, obviously. Any suggestions?
  • Save $800 into my RRSP/TFSA. This will be split at a ratio of $600/$200.
  • Run 100+ km this month. Last month I ran 70km. This month I’m going to take it up a notch.
  • Get my taxes ready. I won’t be able to file until after the March RRSP deadline, but I want to get everything else ready to go. I’ll be filing myself this year, and am pretty excited to get started. :)
  • Connect with at least one old friend. There are people living in Vancouver that I’ve lost touch with over the years. I’d love to grab a coffee with at least one of them and catch up.

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


  1. Nadia says:

    I was given the cookbook Spilling the Beans: cooking and baking with beans and grains every day by Julie van Rosendaal & Sue Duncan for Christmas by a vegetarian relative. (She does eat cheese). I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but she raves about this book. There are a few recipes with meat in them but the majority are meatless.

    If you don’t want to buy it I’d see if the library has it.

  2. Bet Crooks says:

    If you like the taste of a miso-vegetable stock, you can make a nice shabu-shabu with just tofu, udon, and vegs (daikon, nappa, enoki, green onion etc). It may take a bit of experimenting to develop a stock you like though.

  3. There are oh-so-many vegetarian recipes to try! I love stuffed portobello mushrooms, for example. Bean quesadillas, coconut curry squash soup, roasted eggplant + pepper wraps, marinated tofu from white water cooks cookbooks, eggs with lentils and tomato paste, eggplant parmesan, veggie chili, etc etc :-)

  4. Courtney! says:

    I went vegetarian at the start of 2014 (with the exception of when I travel, I don’t want to miss out on new things) and I found it way easier in practice. Previously when I started thinking about all the foods I couldn’t have, I’d always talk myself out of it.. but in real life at restaurants its been pretty easy to just ignore the other options and I have never felt like I am “missing out”. Numerous times I’ve found new things I wouldn’t have tried before that I would order again even if I wasn’t vegetarian.

    It is like a band-aid, don’t think about it, just rip it off/do it and you won’t feel the pain.

  5. Joy says:

    I’m not vegetarian but I’ve started to incorporate veg meals once or twice a week to save on groceries. Here’ are a couple that I like:

  6. sdm says:

    Cool website. My wife and I did the month of vegetarianism trip about a year ago; we never felt better. Since that time we’ve discovered local grass-fed lamb and decided culinary moderation is the route for us.

  7. I’m behind on my reading challenge as well (36 books for the year), but I finished two this month already. I would like to finish 4 more to make up for January, wish me luck!

    I’m not sure I could do vegetarianism (I went vegan for 2 weeks once just to see how hard it was). But pescetarianism doesn’t sound too bad! I could do away with red meat easily, chicken is the only difficult part.

    • Krystal Yee says:

      Yeah going pescetarian was quite an easy transition because I didn’t eat red meat that much anyways. Chicken/duck was definitely harder, but definitely doable. Not sure how hard it would be for me to go vegan… probably pretty difficult. There’s just so much food that has dairy in it!

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