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January 2018 Goals

Well, I’m a little late with my January budget, but better than not getting it done, right? :)

First thing to report is that Zoey had her dental surgery on the 5th and she did really well when I took her in for her 1 week check-up. After a few down days where she was clearly in pain from the surgery, she has slowly returning back to normal. And I think she’s eating with a lot less pain now, which I’m thrilled about. However, she has had some major bowel issues which I won’t go into detail about, so we got some meds from the vet that will hopefully make the situation less messy for all of us. :)

And, I’m happy that the $1,700 we thought would cost for her surgery actually only cost $1,365. Which I mean, yeah that’s still a lot of money, but over $300 less than what we thought we would pay, so I’m counting that as a win.

Other than Zoey’s surgery, January is a quiet month. No travel to pay, no big film festivals, and nothing huge to pay for … except for the wedding of course. :) I’ve decided to keep our wedding expenses separate and outside of my monthly budget spreadsheet. I’ll be tracking all of our expenses on the side, and will give a brief update at the end of every month during my budget recaps.

One thing to note from the below budget is you’ll see our climbing membership has been suspended. RD sprained his MCL over the Christmas break, and will be out for at least another 6-8 weeks while he rehabs with a physio. :( He’s pretty bummed about it and I know it’s tough for him, but I’m happy that it wasn’t anything more serious than that. We’ll be back to the climbing gym before you know it! And in the meantime, I’ve been taking full advantage of the free gym in our building to supplement my weekly exercise outside of field hockey games and practices.

Anyway, onto the budget!

January 2018 Goals:

  • Bring my lunch to work. Except for team lunches if my boss comes to the downtown office where I work out of.
  • Sell my Leica camera and my Coach purse. Or at least post them online. They’re doing nothing for me collecting dust in my closet.
  • Move for at least 60 min. every day. Even it’s just a walk on the treadmill, I want to be moving every day in January.

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. Congratulations on the successful surgery! Zoey looks so adorable in the photo. She is loved!

  2. Michaela says:

    What a sweetie 😍

  3. Olive says:

    Adorable zoey.

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