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March 2014 Goals

I’m optimistic for March. The weather is getting better, my cousin is visiting from Australia for the first time in over two years, and the job search is going well. I’m willing to wait for the perfect opportunity to come along, but I’m also realizing that that opportunity might not look exactly what I thought it would look like. So I’m also keeping an open mind; I’m applying for jobs a little outside of my comfort zone, with the understanding that I’m aiming for a career with a company – not just a job.

Nothing is out of ordinary with the budget below. I’ve trimmed back a few expenses – namely entertainment and car/transportation. BF and I have made a conscious decision to spend less money while together, and try to only go out for meals when we’re being social with others. Now that I’m not driving to work every day, I’m saving a lot on gas. I used to get gas every week – and now I can probably go 3 weeks without filling up. See, there’s always a bright side, eh? :)

As for Portland, one of my goals below is to stay on budget while we are there. Along with being our first weekend away together, I think this is going to be a great opportunity for me just to de-stress and take it easy. We’ve also been binge-watching Portlandia for the past few weeks, haha!

03 - March Budget

March 2014 Goals:

  • Try two new recipes. Vegetarian, obviously. Any suggestions?
  • Stay on budget in Portland. I think BF and I are both on the same page in terms of spending while traveling. I’m not into splurging on too many things during this trip. I’d like to eat some good food, drink coffee, and wander around the city.
  • Do my taxes. I’ve already done a preliminary run of my taxes, and everything looks good. Now I just have to tally up my receipts and file online.
  • Focus on my foot. It’s been 7 months since I first injured my foot, and it still hurts. I really need to work on taking it easy. That means no running. If I’m not healthy by the summer because I didn’t listen to my body, I’ll be so disappointed in myself. Summer hiking is something I’m really looking forward to.

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. deenadollars says:


    It seems like you are doing great and also staying positive about your unemployment – but please let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

    I am not vegetarian, but much prefer vegetarian cooking, so I will share my two favorite dishes I’ve mastered so far:

    Mujadarra ( <– the spiced yogurt didn't knock my socks off because all the spices make it a bit gritty, but the dish by itself is pretty great and I always make it without the yogurt. SO CHEAP (lentils + rice + onions!), and you can make a huge batch and it seems to only get better as leftovers because the flavors continue to blend.

    Chipotle Sweet Potato Burgers ( <– these are AMAZING, and I highly recommend pan-frying them in a little bit of oil instead of baking because they taste 100x better – chose a healthy oil if you want (e.g., coconut). I don't even eat them with buns, I just make the patties and devour them with a fork. Also, you can make a big batch and save some leftovers. I've found it works best for leftovers to refrigerate the patties before they're cooked and then just quickly pop them in the pan when you want another one.

    Hope these suggestions are helpful!

    PS: I'm in Banff right now, and I never want to leave.

  2. B. says:

    Hi Krystal! I’m new to your blog, but I have to admit, I really like what I see- It’s a great, laid back, honest attitude you have about finances, and it’s good to know that there are bloggers out here with that sensibility.

    Best of luck with the job hunt and your goals for this month!

    Also, awesome spreadsheet layout. I may have to borrow it and mold it to my own scenario….hope that’s okay!

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