Time sure flies when you're busy! Here we are in the middle of the month already and I haven't updated yet. I do have all my numbers posted and added and (shockingly...not really) they're similar to last month's.
I was out last Friday with food poisoning - unpleasant, but at least it wasn't a bug. 24 hours of discomfort and it was all over, so there's my silver lining. I was trying to figure out where I got it and I think I've figured it out. I bought a salad from one of the grocery stores and it just tasted...different. Your body knows instantly, but your brain is slower to catch on. I didn't think much of it until I woke at midnight with my gut boiling. Yikes! I missed a dinner with friends and school, but otherwise was feeling back to normal by Saturday, apart from being dehydrated.
I made a cake for a classmate on Monday. I'd planned to make it for my dinner on Friday, so had bought the ingredients, but then because I was sick, I didn't. She'd heard me talking about it and asked if it would be something I'd be interested in making for her - she'd pay me! I told her the first one is free and had fun putting it together on Tuesday. I added sliced strawberries to it (it's a divine cocoa layer cake, so perfect for strawberries) and asked the admin assistants at school to keep an eye on it. One of the students is deathly allergic to strawberries, so I had to keep it away from anywhere that she'd be. I now owe them something for their diligence. I'm thinking "lemon lavender pound cake." YUM!
So, the past two weeks' numbers look like this:
DVDs for a friend: $25 (S 1-3 "How I Met Your Mother")
- Milk (4L): $5.57
- 1lb butter: $3.97
- Yogurt (12 Iogo): $6.99
- Lindt chocolate eggs (what?!): $18.05 (.745 kg @$25.60 kg)
- Honey (1 L): $6.27
- Cheese: $7.29
- Chicken something: $$4.39 (I can't read the shorthand)
- Bread: $4.79
Massage: $85 (I still have Christmas money from my Mum which paid for this)
- Whipping cream (500mL): $2.79
- Buttermilk (1L): $2.39 (can't seem to get anything smaller than that)
- Chicken salad: $4.69 (I'm convinced this is the cause of my food poisoning)
Total for week: $202.15
Unnecessary spends: $133.77
Money in: $60 - from sale of "stuff"
- Cat food: $5.00 (10 tins @ .50 ea)
- Crispbread: $2.97
- Strawberries (2lb): $3.88
- Batteries: $19.99 (16 'AA')
- Shampoo/conditioner: $7.98 ($3.99 ea)
Dinner with a friend: $22.11
Gas: $60 (46.912 L @$1.279/L)
Tea/scone: $6.40 (2 tea)
Milk (2L): $3.99
Cupcakes: $20 (1 doz delivered: 1/2 dozen red velvet, 1/2 classic chocolate)
Tea/breakfast bagel: $6.40
Milk (4L)/bread: $10.48
Total for week: $182.42
Unnecessary spends: $46.40
Total money in: $92.01 (Amazon sale, $15 for cake ingredients from classmate)
Total for two weeks: $384.57
Marginally better than last month, so far, but not by much.
My roommate is leaving March 1, so that means my costs are going to go up. I'm debating about getting another one, but I don't want to push my luck and I'm not certain I want to share my (small) space anymore. I'd really like my office space back and to be honest, a roommate would be more beneficial if I were working full-time and bringing in a regular paycheque. I'll reconsider once I get back to work.
I have several things listed on Amazon (and have a few more to list now), and am hoping to pick up some extra work this month through school. That would help, as will any funds I get back at income tax time, although that's a few weeks away yet.
I have a final exam the week after next, as well as a big project due on the 25th. I've actually finished it already, but need to confer with someone else to see if the numbers match. If not, then I may need to do it again.
It's a long weekend coming up (Heritage Day) and our annual Sourdough Rendezvous Festival. Three days of old fashioned fun, although I've heard it used to be seven days and way MORE fun...