We’re almost at the end of July and close to another long weekend in Canada, the Labour Day weekend! It also marks my yearly volunteer run at the Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament. With that, comes the end of July’s goals and embarking on a new set of goals for August.
I’ve been reading more of The Minimalists and their 21-day journey and am putting some thought into revamping my life again. The deliriously weird thing about me is that ever since my divorce, I crave change. Any way that I can improve, grow, learn, change or do something different is a big thing for me. The downside is I quite often forget my limitations and take too much on. Being the reforming perfectionist that I am, it makes it doubly difficult.
Update #3 for July goals and the successes I’ve had:
- No clothing spend – PASS. No new clothing expenditures = success!
- No alcohol for 30 days – FAIL. I bought two bottles of wine last weekend. So, I thought it would be super fab to look at the reports in Quicken and was shocked to see my spending for the past 5 months was $495! Seeing that large number sent a pang of guilt through me. I love food and wine but that’s a lot of money.
- Lose 6 pounds (get down to 130 pounds again) CURRENT WEIGHT: 134 pounds – IN PROGRESS. I ran into a snag with my training plan. I increased my running a bit too much and my IT bands decided to start screaming at me. After some extra stretching, I’m back to running again.
- Increase car maintenance savings to $100/month (brakes have to be done soon which will invariably cost $2000) – PASS.
- Get a promotion at work/negotiate a raise and an extra week vacation – frugality only takes you so far, after which point you must defer to your God given skills to bring in more bacon (or tofu for vegetarians) – IN PROGRESS, still in progress and still inevitably in progress. I think a good plan would be to get a side hustle going.
- Operation cupboard cleanout – PASS/IN PROGRESS. Last grocery shop, once again was only fruits, veggies, lunchmeat and a single steak. It cost $8.59 on sale but lasted me for three meals. I have this thing for eating steak cold and in salads. I got one desert treat for last weekend that cost $3.99. It always amazes me how a bunch of fruits and veggies can cost $55. I’m still slowly consuming what is left in the cupboards. I was able to make some oatmeal almond raisin cookies that were quite good from random goodies in the cupboard. They were a bit of an experimentation and finished off some baking supplies. Aside from that, not a huge amount of progress. I have no desire to put myself into a carbohydrate coma.
In August, not only will you see some Minimalism occurring but you’ll see me endeavour into rebalancing my portfolio and possibly signing up for a brokerage investment account. Watch for the headline “Single Woman F’s up her Asset Allocation”. Kidding of course, I think Ramit Sethi would be somewhat miffed about that after reading his book. I’m almost done the book and will give you a synopsis of what I implemented in my plan. I can be the public library for you but without the library card, strange musty smells and weird old ladies that stare.
Short and sweet for today! Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow with Saturday Style and weekly financial wisdom.
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