Yesterday I spent $130 on clothes. I am ashamed to admit the number of shoes I have bought in the past two months. New workout gear somehow became an urgent necessity in my mind. I got sucked in by the Gala Fundraiser again and bought a new dress. Now it's May and this could be a very treacherous month. My birthday is this month and embarrassingly, I've always been the type who celebrates the entire month.
The highlight of the month most certainly will be the trip to Cuba my husband and I are taking the week of my birthday. We found a very good deal and I worked for 5 weeks at a part-time job to pay for 85% of it. I'll have to come up with a little extra and will have to try and keep a cool head about me while shopping in all the tourist zones.
I have two other trips coming up - one home to visit family in June and one this weekend for a memorial service for my Uncle. I also recently spent nearly $800 visiting him in the hospital - which was worth every penny to have the chance to see him and I'm so happy money didn't get in the way of that. In fact, my husband paid for it out of some "emergency funds".
I just did my taxes and because I have a lower paying job now, expected to get money back but ended up owing $160. Plus I've been in denial about paying back the RRSP's I took out through the first time home buyers plan for the down payment on our apartment two years ago. If I don't start paying it back, I will be taxed big time so there's a new line in my budget for that one.
It seems never ending sometimes - the many needs and their high price tags.
I'm considering a part-time job again for July/August. I can't take on another one at the moment because I am training for a 1/2 marathon and can't conceive of being able to find time for both. By July it's possible I'll have a raise and a promotion (I've been working so hard towards this!!!) so maybe I'll feel like I can enjoy the summer and think about the part-time job in the fall instead.
I realized that looking at the background of my blog that perhaps zeroing my debt hasn't been my number one goal at all in all these months but saving for Cuba has!!! I'll leave it up for now - perhaps till after vacation - and when I set some new goals for the summer and fall, I'll find a more appropriate background. Maybe something like copies of all my statements for savings accounts, my visa, mortgage, RRSP's, RESP's and my tax return (with the personals redacted of course!).
Till then, as always, WISH ME LUCK!!!