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June 2014 Goals

Can you believe it’s already June? This year is just flying by. :) Speaking of flying, previously I thought that I wasn’t going to go to Edmonton in June because of the cost of the flight. When we had looked into it, the prices for tickets were around $350. Now? They’re upwards of $450-500. :| So with a bit of a change of heart, we’re going to keep looking and if prices come back down to what they were before, we’ll definitely consider going. You’ll notice I didn’t budget that into my month – if we do go, I’ll take the money out of my Travel Fund. :)

Other than that, it looks like a pretty standard month of spending. I budgeted for a new bathing suit because the one I have is pretty much falling apart. And now that summer is here, I think we’ll be at the outdoor pool a lot more.


June 2014 Goals:

  • Work out 6x/week. This will be a mix of running, hiking, tennis, and long walks. I’ll likely also throw in a few workout DVDs into the mix just to change it up. :)
  • Cut back on sugar. I want to really considering how much sugar is in everything else we consume. Which probably means cutting back a lot on processed foods. After BF and I watched Fed Up a few weeks ago, cutting back on sugar is a huge goal of mine. I don’t want to say that I’m going to completely eliminate it from my diet, but it’s something I need to monitor closely.
  • Earn $1,200 in freelance income. Whatever I earn will go straight into savings.
  • Automate my property tax. Whether it’s through my bank or the city, it’s just easier this way.
  • Get rid of my old TV. I bought a new TV a few months ago, which has been working out great. Except for the fact that my old TV is sitting in my dining room because I have no idea what to do with it. It doesn’t work anymore, but perhaps if I list it for free on Craigslist, someone would want it for the parts, or as a prop in home staging or something like that.
  • Fix my sink. I have a double sink, and a few weeks ago, BF noticed that the drain on one side was leaking underneath. He thinks we could probably fix it ourselves, but if not, then a professional will have to be called.

Those are my goals for June! I think they’re challenging, but realistic. Any questions or comments?

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. L says:

    Future shop with take your old tv and recycle it if you cannot find anyone to take it off your hands.

  2. Trista says:

    Do you ever find it difficult to make/follow a monthly budget? I budget biweekly because I found it easier. But when I think about it, that might be because a lot of the time I’m still living pay check to pay check.

    • Krystal Yee says:

      I find that making my monthly budget helps me project upcoming expenses. It forces me to think about (and prioritize) what is coming up – because I can’t afford to do everything I want to do! :) My weekly spending recaps are put in place as a reminder to see how I’m doing with my goals. It might be too much monitoring for some people, or maybe too little monitoring for others. But I’ve been doing this for years (even when paycheque to paycheque), and it seems to be working out!

      • Trista says:

        Thanks Krystal. I have my biweekly budgets projected to the end of August right now. So I do the same as you with prioritizing and thinking about what’s coming up. I had been thinking about making a switch to monthly budgeting so I was just wondering if you had any challenges with cash flow when following a monthly budget instead of one that aligned with your paychecks.

  3. I also saw that documentary Fed Up. What an eye opener. Definitely cutting back on the refined sugar from now on. I think everyone who sees that film will cut back. The only problem is that it’s in virtually all packaged goods so it’s tough (but not impossible)

  4. Does your city have an electronics drop-off for recycling?

  5. Wow, exercising six times a week is impressive! I’m shooting for three times a week right now. I’m also cutting back on sugar – made it two days without refined sugar so far! It really is in everything, but it hasn’t been as difficult as other times I’ve cut it out.

  6. Becky says:

    Hi! Your budget is excellent. I’m so happy I stumbled upon it. I love making budgets for myself but don’t really look at them after the month is done, so it was encouraging to see that you do that. My question is how do you manage to eat for $200 a month. I’m so impressed. I budget 300 a month and have a hard time sticking to that. What’s your secret?

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