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August 2012 Goals: Recap

Over Budget:

  • Food – Well before we left on vacation, we forgot to completely close the refrigerator door. :| So we had to throw away and replace a lot of food.
  • Entertainment – We took transit to a beer garden I’ve been wanting to try for months.
  • Clothing – I bought a new pair of running shoes.
  • Travel – Even though I went over budget by about $300, I’m actually okay with that. Considering we had some major problems with transportation, we had expenses due to the whole bedbug incident(s), and the Scandinavian countries were a lot more expensive than I had anticipated.

Net Worth Change+ $654 (+ 0.89 %)

I’m surprised that my net worth went up this month, despite spending so much. I got paid out for a lot of freelance work I’ve been working on (my highest paid month since March), and I’m hoping that this will continue into the fall. :)

August 2012 Goals:

  • Go on 2 day hikes. CHECK! We went on three gorgeous hikes – one along the coast just north of Barcelona, and two in northern Sweden (Abisko National Park, and Nikkaluokta).
  • Have all travel plans for November confirmed and booked. CHECK! Trips to Toronto, Budapest, and Turkey (Istanbul, Goreme) are booked. We are tentatively planning a weekend trip to Paris in October, but even that has been fully researched already.
  • Find an orthodontist and doctor in Toronto. CHECK! I made an appointment with an orthodontist, and I just plan on going up to a walk-in clinic to see a doctor.
  • Meet all deadlines while traveling. CHECK! It was really, really hard to get everything done while travelling. I don’t know how full-time travellers do it!

Ongoing 2012 Goals:

  • Post a new photo every day on my Tumblr account, My Life In Pixels. FAIL. This goal is gone. As much as it pains me to give up, I just don’t have time to maintain my Tumblr account on a daily basis, and work on Frugal Wanderer at the same time. :|
  • Only post my own photos on GMBMFB. CHECK!
  • Write one guest post for another blog or website. CHECK!

August 2012 Goals

August 2012 Goals:

  • Go on 2 day hikes. We have tentative plans to go on a coastal hike near Barcelona, as well as a hike in the arctic circle in Sweden. :)
  • Have all travel plans for November confirmed and booked. This means booking accommodation, flights, and knowing how much train rides will cost. I would also like to do research for each place we will be visiting.
  • Find an orthodontist and doctor in Toronto. I was originally going to try and find an orthodontist and doctor in Stuttgart, but after doing a lot of research, I think it will be cheaper to get appointments in Toronto when I’m there in September for #CPFC12.
  • Meet all deadlines while traveling. Even though I’m traveling for 3 weeks this month, I still need to work. My plan is to work late at night, and while commuting.

Ongoing 2012 Goals:

  • Post a new photo every day on my Tumblr account, My Life In Pixels. I’m considering getting rid of this goal. As much as it pains me to give up, I just don’t have time to maintain my Tumblr account on a daily basis, and work on Frugal Wanderer at the same time. :|
  • Only post my own photos on GMBMFB.
  • Write one guest post for another blog or website.

July 2012 Goals: Recap

In a month where there was a lot of uncertainty – writing contracts potentially ending at the same time as deciding to stay in Germany for an extra 4+ months – I think I did fairly well. I billed out for an additional $1,400, and I received my first writing contract as a travel blogger.

I’d like to thank everyone for their support with Frugal Wanderer. I forgot how hard it is to start a new blog from scratch! While I still want it to be personal and keep within my style of writing, I’m trying new tactics with Frugal Wanderer – like actually trying to work on SEO and other types of marketing. It’s something I’ve never done with GMBMFB, so I’m excited to see how it all works out.

Over Budget:

  • Cell phone – I loaded my German phone with more credit than usual, because I plan on using it while we are traveling in August.
  • Household – I seem to never remember to budget in laundry expenses.

Net Worth Change+ $1,222 (+ 1.69 %)

It’s nice to see my net worth going in the right direction, because I have a feeling August will end up in the red.

July 2012 Goals:

  • Go running 6 times. FAIL. I’m just not going to bother listing running as a goal anymore.
  • Have all travel plans confirmed for August & September. CHECK! Everything is booked – even my plane ticket to Toronto for #CPFC12! :)
  • Find an orthodontist in Stuttgart. FAIL. Orthodontists are really expensive here. I’m going to wait until I’m back in Toronto.
  • Increase my net worth by $1,200. CHECK! I just barely squeaked by. It’s tough getting paid in a timely manner during the summer months, with so many people on vacation.
  • Contact my banks in Canada. CHECK!

Ongoing 2012 Goals:

  • Post a new photo every day on my Tumblr account, My Life In Pixels. FAIL. I really didn’t want to abandon this project, but it’s really hard to keep up with it, as well as Frugal Wanderer and GMBMFB. I know, excuses.
  • Only post my own photos on GMBMFB. CHECK!
  • Write one guest post for another blog or website. CHECK! I am writing a series of posts for a great website.

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