February already! I'm not sure where January went, but there you are. It's gone. Time for a quick spending update, so I know where I stand.
It seems I actually had a NO SPEND day!
Books (5 from second-hand store): $17.33
Books (5 new...from non-second-hand store): $47.20
- frozen broccoli florets (2 x $2.99): $5.98
- Eggs (I buy free run): $4.89
- baby spinach (lg container): $3.98
- Bartlett pears (4): $3.79 (0.915kg @$4.14/kg)
- dish soap (4 x 413 ml): $3.52 (on sale for .88 each)
- Clearsil: $7.99
- 'O' magazine: $5.75
Gas: $79.02 (it dropped to 127.9L two days later. Of course it did...)
Milk: (4L) $6.99
Lunch: $11.30 (met a friend for a couple of hours)
Registration for online program: $20
Breakfast with a friend: $21.06
- extra old cheddar: $7.49
- frozen shelled edamame: $2.98
- feta cheese: $5.78
- bananas: $3.13 (1.615 kg @$1.94 kg)
- green grapes: $7.85 (.895 kg @$8.77 kg
- oranges: $3.98 (bag of Cara Cara's - they look like pink grapefruit, but are delicious and sweet)
- red peppers: $3.53 (.435 kg @$8.11 kg - this is 2 peppers)
- sweet potato: $3.36 (1.190 kg @$2.82 kg - a monster!)
Dinner (sushi): $32.84 (it's expensive here; but I did get leftovers for lunch)
Cheese (3 Baby-Bel's): $3.47 ($1.10 each)
Wal-Mart: $8.03 (12 tins cat food)
Total weekly spent: $337.85
Unnecessary spends: $89.50
I didn't make any money this week, BUT (!) I did return all the new books I bought. Yes - every single one, so I sort of feel like I made some money. Granted, I spent a lot eating out, but I haven't seen my friends in a while, so as long as I keep it to a minimum (and try to order less), I should be okay with any future meals out.
So, the month comes to (and keep in mind, this is VARIABLE spending):
Total: $1215.30 (...pardon me while I pick myself up off the floor...) O_O
- Unnecessary spends: $261.94
Pardon my French, but that's a merde-load of money that I didn't even make!
I did write a letter to request that my annual bonus be released in March, so that's something to look forward to. It'll be prorated, but should still be about $1K. As well, income tax time looms and I know I'll be getting something back this year, seeing as I've been in school since September. I can claim full-time tuition and my books. I'll also have this to claim next year, so that's a bit of a bonus.
In the meantime, I need to pull an Asian Pear and live like I have nothing left in my budget this month. Because I really don't. Apart from more cat food, there really is nothing I HAVE to buy. I have 5 gazillion books, which I shouldn't be reading anyway, because I've not read my school textbooks yet, so I don't need any more of those. Apart from bread for sandwiches and the odd veggie and fruit, I'm good for the whole month.
Really! This shall be my challenge to myself - to use what I have in the cupboards (and refresh only perishables and staples) before buying any more food. Let's see how long it will last...
**edited to add: It's funny how things work! There's an online site for buying and selling here that I've cleared a lot of things through over the past year or two. My current batch has been rotating for about a month or more. I edited my album about an hour ago and I've already made $60!! Plus, gotten rid of some things that have been sitting around for ages. How about that? :)