Happy New Year everyone! This is a scheduled post as I will be on vacation when it’s published, so the last few days of the month are estimated but the rest should be 100% accurate. I put together the numbers before I left and the only extra spending would probably be for dining out which I accounted for in the estimation. I also switched jobs during the month, so I had lower than expected income bundled together with increased spending. I hope that everyone else didn’t have such a hectic December as me. Taking a vacation was absolutely something that I needed, and I was able to negotiate that into my start date since it had already been planned for a while now.
There’s a lot of changes going on in my life right now, both personal and financially so I apologize for the delay between posts recently. It’s both a mix of good and bad news so at least there is some balance in there. I have a new job and plan on writing more about that next month, so things are temporarily a little crazy with my finances. There’s also the fact that it’s December and I know that I’ve spending a lot of money on the holidays, clothes, and a vacation at the end of the month. Most of that won’t be reflected in the net worth update since it’s a snapshot from the 15th of December, but I am throwing that information out there.
So I’ve decided to try my hand at meal preparation in order to easily hit my calorie goal, save money on lunch, and to be able to not have to make any lunches during the week! I’ve got to say that it was a little bit of work and I wasn’t very efficient with the cooking for the first time, but I think that it came out pretty well in the end. I had 5 meals (plus extra) for the entire week and I didn’t have to worry about lunch each day during the week. I plan on making this somewhat of a weekly series, depending on if I’m trying out a new recipe or not. Hopefully this will help you if you were looking to try out something similar!
November was a bit of a strange month for me when it came to spending. I attended a lot of events, but there wasn’t much spending elsewhere. I was able to reign in the rest of the budget categories so that I could spend more money on having some fun. The holidays are approaching, so it does mean some increased spending. But I’m confident that I will be able to control that and keep within my budget. I think I’ll also be adjusting some categories going forward, but for now I’ll keep the budget as is. Anything extra can just go into the extra spending category – that’s what it’s there for anyways!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I scheduled this post for the day after Thanksgiving, so I hope you’re not spending all of your money chasing down Black Friday deals. Though I’d guess if you are reading this blog in the first place, you’re probably not. I actually do plan on checking out some deals as we still need a TV in the apartment along with a few other things. Major spending has died down and I think I’m happy with how the budget is settling (finally). I was a bit nervous but I really do think things are going to work out for me financially.