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Spending Recap: March 3-9, 2014

Monday 3rd
$125 parking pass (12 months)

Tuesday 4th
$9.13 lunch

Wednesday 5th
$24.89 groceries

Thursday 6th
$6 parking
$47.99 dinner (for 2)

Friday 7th
No Spend Day!

Saturday 8th
No Spend Day!

Sunday 9th
No Spend Day!

Freelance Income: $0
Expenses- $188.12

TOTAL: - $188.12

Well the biggest expense for me is buying a 12-month parking pass for a lot near BF’s house. After debating for a few months, we decided to buy the pass before parking rates went up from $6/day to $11/day on April 1 – which means a HUGE savings for me (my portion of the 12-month pass comes out to just over $10/month). Compare that to the parking lot’s daily rate, or the $60/month for a stall in BF’s building! The only downside is that not a secured lot, but it’s so close to where he lives that we can see my car from the apartment building.

My cousin was also in town this week, so we went out for dinner with him and a few other people to a sushi place called The Eatery. Has anyone else been there before? The place was pretty unique, and I was really impressed with the amount of unique and delicious veggie rolls available… but it wasn’t that great for having conversations with people. Still, I’d probably go again. :)

Over the weekend, we had dinner with some of BF’s friends on Saturday night. I also played in a semi-finals field hockey game on Sunday, which we lost. By a lot. :( But our goal for the year was to make it to the playoffs, so I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish.

How was your week of spending?

An exciting new opportunity

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2014-03-11 19.24.50-2The last month has been a bit of a roller coaster for me. I was really scared that it would take me a long time to find a job that I’d be happy with (in my head I was thinking I’d be unemployed until April), but yesterday the right opportunity came along, and I am thrilled to be able to write that I am now employed. :)

My new job is in a completely new industry to me, but it’s with a company that I have admired for years. I respect the work that is being done, and the role I’ll be taking on is somewhat new to the organization. I can see how I would be able to grow with the position, and that’s an exciting thought. The salary range will end up being around the same as what I was making before, so in terms of my goals for the year, those shouldn’t change too much (aside from the few weeks’ salary I lost while without a job).

I am really looking forward to getting back to work. Spending the last 4 weeks by myself during the work week has been a bit lonely, but my support system here in Vancouver is strong. And I made it a point to stay as positive as I could – even when all I wanted to do was stay in bed and mope. So now I’ve got 1.5 weeks just to relax and get ready – not to mention a trip to Portland in just a few days. :)

So thanks for sticking around during the last month. I needed the break from blogging and social media to focus my energy on staying sane and job hunting. But I am back, and with a renewed sense of purpose. And there’s a lot to look forward to. First up is getting my RRSP/TFSA contributions back on track!

Spending Recap: Feb 24-Mar 2, 2014

Monday 24th
No Spend Day!

Tuesday 25th
+$200 freelance income
$20.43 groceries
$3.97 Starbucks

Wednesday 26th
No Spend Day!

Thursday 27th
$26.56 prescription

Friday 28th
No Spend Day!

Saturday 1st
$20 groceries

Sunday 2nd
No Spend Day!

Freelance Income: + $200
Expenses- $70.96

TOTAL: + $129.04

This was a pretty good week. I tied up a lot of loose ends, got my EI claim sorted out, and did a bit of freelance work. BF and I also took a day trip down to Bellingham to visit an old friend of his. After shovelling him out of the snow, we took a drive out to Deception Pass, and ended up having lunch at a cute restaurant in Anacortes called Calico Cupboard.

And next weekend, we are headed to Portland! BF has generously offered to pay for the gas and hotel expenses, and I’ll pick up the cost for food. I think it will be really fun, and a much needed trip out of the city. It’ll be my second time there (I was there for one night a few years ago), and BF has never been there before. We’re looking for awesome coffee and brunch places, as well as a place that does brewery tours – so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! :)

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