Even though I went over a little on my budget, it was still a decent month. During the summer, it’s hard to say no to social events, and with the weather being so gorgeous for much of the month, I tried to make the most of it by hiking as much as possible… and doing social things, which included driving into Vancouver most of the time. That being said, for the sake of my savings rate, I’m glad that August (and the summer?) is over, and am looking forward to tackling my September budget! :)
Cell Phone – Usage while in Seattle
Household – Miscellaneous stuff from Target
Entertainment – One too many meals out. :P
Clothing – bought new running shoes to correct my overpronation. The shoes that I currently wear are fine for runs under 15km… but anything more than that, and they’re horrible. My feet are completely torn up, and I’m really just hoping to solve this issue. Part of me thinks I should just go back to running in VFFs, since I never experienced any problems when I wore them for running.
Travel – Well, I budgeted for the wedding I was in, but completely forgot to take into account the cost of hair/make-up ($126.79). Which is almost exactly how much I went over in this category.
Car & Transportation – I drove a lot this month – two hikes up in the Whistler area, two trips south into Washington, and one trip home to Victoria. :|
Personal Care – unplanned dentist appointment to get a cavity filled.
Net Worth Change: + $1,420 (+ 1.67%)
- Run 100 km. CHECK! I ran 114km this month – something I’m actually really proud of because I was able to increase my distances without going overboard. I had two 20km runs, and a few 15+km runs… this makes me feel good for the two half marathons I have scheduled for this fall. I’m also really happy to have people to run with! It’s really helping me pace properly during my long runs, since I always tend to go fast if I’m by myself.
- Earn $1,500 in freelance income. FAIL. I only earned $933.92, but am waiting on about $1,800 worth of invoices to be paid out from July.
- Utilize my Questrade account. FAIL. The simulator (WeSeed) I was using, well it closed. So I got all paranoid about actually buying something if I couldn’t see my (simulated) trade history over the last year. :| I’m going to add a bit more money into this account, and then regroup next month.
- Buy a bed frame. FAIL. Why do I even bother trying to set goals like this? We all know I’m never going to buy a bed frame, and will sleep on a mattress on the floor for the rest of my life.