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Oh, April. The month in which I had to fork out $500 for a wedding and still decided to spend money on myself. There’s a lot of red in this budget, but the one positive I can share is that I did pay for everything with cash. Still, let’s see how the month finished up…
First, you can see there are some fixed expenses that will never change: both housing and health care were on budget. Food is also almost perfectly on budget, as I only went over the two categories by $2.23.
I was in Toronto for a few days at the beginning of the month, and in Victoria for a week or so, and tried to stay within my budgets. BC Ferries increased their fares yet again, which is why I was slightly off there.
When I added up the numbers last night, I was genuinely surprised at how much I spent on gas this month. Didn’t I only fill up a few times? Then I remembered that gas prices are hovering around $1.50/L right now. I need to be conscious of that, as I write my summer budgets, because I’ll be doing a fair bit of driving.
Finally, I donated what I usually do, and saved the tiny amount I said I would… and then I went shopping. Well, I picked up two things – but neither of them were cheap. First, I bought a Fitbit Flex. I wasn’t going to write a review of it, because I agree with most of what Krystal said in hers, but I think I still will next month.
I also bought a juicer and, man oh man, did people have opinions about that. I wrote a post on Gail’s site that was meant to be fun / inform people that juicing is expensive and you shouldn’t buy one without a game plan to actually use it… and some of the comments almost made me wish I hadn’t posted it. Oh well. I love it.
In the end, I spent 35% on housing, 10% on food, 10% on transportation, 2.5% on health care, 11.5% on myself, 2% on charity, 9% on travel, 14% on my girlfriends’ wedding and put just 6% in long-term savings. It was a fun month, but I’m looking forward to a quiet May…
Goals for this month:
- Hang out with my mentee – FAIL! But we have plans this Sunday.
- Submit my first piece to The Globe and Mail – PASS!
- Throw a fun bachelorette party / be a great bridesmaid on my friends’ wedding day – PASS!
- Try to workout 3x/week – PASS! I worked out 12 times this month. Mind you, I can’t handle much more than a 30-minute walk or 20 laps in the pool… but I’m getting back into a routine.
- After 23 days of travelling/dining out, do some serious clean eating at home! – PASS!
How did your month finish up?
Also, in case you missed them, you can still read this month’s guest posts on Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s blog: