We’re getting serious about casual spending this month. For more details about our debt busting plan check here.
Week 2 by the Numbers
- Week 2: $132.36
- Total for March: $232.37
Meh. Decent week here and I used a few things up from the freezer (wild Atlantic salmon – yum!). I was aiming for another $100 week but went over when I restocked my contact lens solution and a few other toiletries.
- Rachel – Week 2: $20.50
- Rachel – Total for March: $24.53
I left the house with good intentions and packed snacks for a visit with my mother-in-law. Then… we were gone a few hours longer than expected and I ended up grabbing a bite at Tim Horton’s.
Otherwise my spending of my burn $ was planned and worth it. Chris and I tried out one of the new food carts – Serious Sausage huge thumbs up! – and I had my favourite hot and sour soup at Tokos (big portions and I got another lunch out of it).
Coffee shops: haven’t been in them in the last week. Nor have I visited the library. For logistical reasons I have been working at home on Henry’s daycare days. I’ve also discovered a little trick for myself to creating a focused work environment: I move furniture. I cleared off the dining room table, removed three of the four chairs, pushed the table against a wall, and worked at my “desk”. Took a few minutes but was well worth it.
Chris has dropped out of the challenge. No, not because I whupped his butt last week. He is traveling a lot this month and well, when you are driving through Idaho and Washington for five days and then capping it off with a 72 hour trip to Western Europe (four flight segments there, three flight segments back) it’s pretty much impossible to stick to an at home “mad money” budget. I know he’ll make good choices and won’t be blowing $100 on a steak dinner. Are you reading this, dear? No Ruth Chris Steakhouse.
- Week 2:$55
- Total for March: $55
We had a few Skytrain trips to see family (yeah!) and spent $35 total on fares. I’ve been torn about investing in tickets as you save a bit of cash that way. Our trips have been sporadic so I haven’t thought it worthwhile.
Katy drove us to a family event and helped out with transportation to the Swap Meet. She’s driving a gas guzzler so I gave her $20 for fuel and towards some parking she paid for.
Procrastination pays: I was supposed to borrow my mother’s car for the three weeks she was in Japan. As we rent our parking space out I contacted someone in the building that had a free spot. They wanted $60 for 3 weeks. I thought about it for a few days and was going to call them back and pay for it the morning I got the car. Then the earthquake happened in Japan and my mom’s trip was canceled. So no car for me but my procrastination on buying a parking spot paid off.
- Week 2: $5.99
- Total for March: $66.29
Spent $5.99 on iTunes renting Easy A when Katy was over. Fun non-thinking movie and just what I needed that night.
- Week 2: $261
- Total for March: $349.88
Great week for income. I bought a table at a local Swap Meet (cost: $19) and put an ad on Craigslist with a list of what I was selling there. I had a woman come by the day before and buy $105 worth of items from me and then I made $175 at the Swap Meet. The table cost has been factored into my earnings.
And yes, I am rethinking Swap Meets.
Goals for Week 3: Grocery bill. Chris is gone for over a week . I want to be under $80 for week 3.
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