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Spending Recap: April 7-13, 2014

Monday 7th
$20 birthday present

Tuesday 8th
No Spend Day!

Wednesday 9th
$112.44 FitBit Flex

Thursday 10th
No Spend Day!

Friday 11th
$5.68 Menchie’s

Saturday 12th
$15.70 Craft Beer Market
$15.44 groceries

Sunday 13th
$21.24 London Drugs
$14.46 Noodle Box

Freelance Income: $0
Expenses– $204.96

TOTAL: – $204.96

This past week I bought a Fitbit Flex. I’ve been debating between the Flex and the Nike Fuelband for a few weeks now, but in the end, the Fitbit won out. BF has one and wears his every day, so my decision was partially influenced by him. But mostly because the FitBit seemed to be the most comfortable to wear, and wouldn’t seem out of place when I wear it in the office. In the week I’ve been using it, I have nothing but good things to say about it. And actually I’m surprised at how big a motivator it has been to move more often. After we get back from Las Vegas this weekend, I’ll be sure to post a review with all the pros and cons I’ve found so far. So, if you’re a FitBit user, add me as a friend! :)

Over the weekend, I ran 6km (pain-free!) to meet Blonde on a Budget for brunch. I am so happy to be pain-free that I wanted to keep on running… but from past experience, I know I need to take it slow.

On Sunday, instead of running, I went for a long walk (FitBit says I walked for over 15km) and listened to some podcasts. I’m a little late on the podcast bandwagon, but am really liking Under the Influence, as well as Freakonomics. So if anyone else could recommend podcasts similar to those two, that would be awesome!

How was your week of spending?

Spending Recap: March 31-April 6, 2014

Monday 31st
$35.12 groceries
$57.10 oil change

Tuesday 1st
No Spend Day!

Wednesday 2nd
No Spend Day!

Thursday 3rd
No Spend Day!

Friday 4th
No Spend Day!

Saturday 5th
+ $400 freelance income
$18.65 Pearl Hot Pot
$4.71 Value Village
$29.30 dinner

Sunday 6th
$20.31 groceries

Freelance Income: + $400
Expenses– $165.19

TOTAL: + $234.81

For the month of April, BF has decided to give up a lot of things that we’re so used to consuming – coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar, and alcohol. I’m not that hardcore, so I’ve only cut out coffee and chocolate. But since we’re together so often, I find myself consuming a lot less sugar and alcohol as well. Meanwhile, I still knock back 2-4 mugs of green tea per day. :)

But, not going out to Starbucks during the work week, plus my goal of bringing my lunch to work every day, has resulted in a significant increase in No Spend Days.

Over the weekend, I finally got around to doing my taxes, and am expecting about $800 back. :) $400 of it will be earmarked for travel later this year, and the other $400 will go towards retirement.

Spending Recap: March 24-30, 2014

Monday 24th
+ $750 freelance income
$5 Purdy’s Chocolates

Tuesday 25th
$37.68 groceries

Wednesday 26th
No Spend Day!

Thursday 27th
+ $150.06 freelance income
$15 beers

Friday 28th
No Spend Day!

Saturday 29th
No Spend Day!

Sunday 30th
$23.46 lunch
$38.22 The Bay
$6.79 snacks

Freelance Income: + $900.06
Expenses– $126.15

TOTAL: + $773.91

This was an exciting week for me. I started my new job, and have settled nicely into a routine. One of my goals is to bring my lunch to work as often as possible (in April, every day), and I’m happy to report that this week was a success!

Thursday evening I met up with some co-workers at my old job. It was really good seeing them again, and it reminded me of why I liked my old job so much – the people there really made it for me. I miss my weekly runs with them, going for lunch on Fridays, and just hanging out. Hopefully we can see each other on a somewhat regular basis. :)

Over the weekend, BF and I decided to spend Saturday in Point Roberts. We visited four parks, had lunch, and then drove back home. It was nice and relaxing, and it was decided that we’d go back again in the summer, when it wasn’t cold and rainy. I was also shocked at how many homes were for sale in that small area (and how cheap and beautiful they were) which led me to start thinking about what kind of jobs there were for people, and if they commuted to Canada for work, or even to Washington State?

Sunday we went for brunch with BF’s friends and their children. Then, we wandered around downtown for a while, played a bit of pool, and then went to see The Grand Budapest Hotel. Has anyone else seen that movie before? I’ve never been a big Wes Anderson fan, but I really liked this one.

Anyway, that was last week’s spending recap. How did you do?

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