Give Me Back My Five Bucks

Spending Recap: March 3-9, 2014

Monday 3rd
$125 parking pass (12 months)

Tuesday 4th
$9.13 lunch

Wednesday 5th
$24.89 groceries

Thursday 6th
$6 parking
$47.99 dinner (for 2)

Friday 7th
No Spend Day!

Saturday 8th
No Spend Day!

Sunday 9th
No Spend Day!

Freelance Income: $0
Expenses– $188.12

TOTAL: – $188.12

Well the biggest expense for me is buying a 12-month parking pass for a lot near BF’s house. After debating for a few months, we decided to buy the pass before parking rates went up from $6/day to $11/day on April 1 – which means a HUGE savings for me (my portion of the 12-month pass comes out to just over $10/month). Compare that to the parking lot’s daily rate, or the $60/month for a stall in BF’s building! The only downside is that not a secured lot, but it’s so close to where he lives that we can see my car from the apartment building.

My cousin was also in town this week, so we went out for dinner with him and a few other people to a sushi place called The Eatery. Has anyone else been there before? The place was pretty unique, and I was really impressed with the amount of unique and delicious veggie rolls available… but it wasn’t that great for having conversations with people. Still, I’d probably go again. :)

Over the weekend, we had dinner with some of BF’s friends on Saturday night. I also played in a semi-finals field hockey game on Sunday, which we lost. By a lot. :( But our goal for the year was to make it to the playoffs, so I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish.

How was your week of spending?

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.


Comments

  1. Bob says:

    The Eatery is great but it’s a bit loud to have a good conversation there.

  2. Helen says:

    Hi,

    Wow I’m impressed with your low cost monthly parking passes – I do not live in Vancouver so no need to say where exactly you purchased this pass. I would like to know what type of business would sell such a discounted parking pass or is your parking located in a less desirable location? I’m very curious about low cost parking pass options because I am faced with needing to purchase a car.

    Thanks for your posts!
    Helen

    • Krystal Yee says:

      It was actually through one of the biggest parking companies here in Vancouver. BF and I were both surprised at how little it was, but I don’t think that’s normal. For example, I pay $65/month to park my car at work, and I sometimes rent out my extra parking stall in my townhouse for $50/month.

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