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February 2018 Goals

February! It’s a fairly busy month because we’re headed over to my hometown for Chinese New Year celebrations, RD’s parents are coming to stay with us over a weekend, and we have tickets to a few VIMFF shows!

This month we also made the decision to start to work on our second bedroom. It’s extra space we just didn’t have in our old rental, and we haven’t quite figured out what to do with it. We know that it will have to function as a spare bedroom when we have guests, but the other 99% of the time we want to make it into a usable space. So the first thing we’re going to do is move our small dining room table into the room so RD can use it as a desk / art space. Then we’re going to buy a new extendable dining table (about $250), and spend time this year scouring Craigslist and antique stores to make over our front entryway. It’s a slow process that we can wait on until we find the right pieces at the right prices.

Freelancing has been okay so far this year. I’m waiting on about $1,600 to come in, and just booked $1,500 in business for February. This should help me with our wedding expenses. :)

February 2018 Goals:

  • Start getting my tax information in order. I’m going to start sorting through receipts and inputting estimates.
  • Hit my Fitbit goal every day (15,000 steps). I’m actually trying to get closer to 20,000 but just can’t bring myself to walk that far every day so needed to be realistic with my goal setting.
  • Look into my certification program. I want to learn as much as I can about this program, especially what kind of time commitment it would take from me. If it’s a huge burden, then I don’t want to start it until after the wedding.
  • Finalize venue/catering and send out wedding invitations. So excited to finally send these out!

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. Working on the second bedroom sounds exciting! Have you guys thought about AirBnB?

    I’m excited for the Chinese New Year too! We are going to buy lots of good food this weekend to celebrate this important festival. It’s eating time!

  2. GYM says:

    This is very expensive, but I have been lusting over this furniture for a while. They have a showroom in DT Vancouver.

    It’s called Resource Furniture and they are basically like glorified Murphy beds. They have one that can turn into a desk and then into a bed using a hydraulic system. It might be a good option for the second bedroom so you have space.

    We were going to get one but it is just too expensive (about $5000+).

  3. Krystal,

    You and I both have a goal in common: preparing personal tax information. But more than that, it seems that there are multiple avenues to take regarding who to use for your taxes. I have used turbo tax in the past, but I have switched it up recently.

    I like how you break down your budget using an excel type file. I do the same thing. However, in order to track progress I use a software called Personal Capital. This tool is a true game changer for anyone who is looking to take control of their personal finances.

    Have you heard of it?

    • Krystal Yee says:

      I’ve never heard of that software before but just did a bit of digging and I think it’s for US customers only. Have tried other software before to manage my budget and track my investment progress but always ended up coming back to my Excel sheets (which I’ve adjusted to also track my progress over the years).

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