Financial Fitness Check-In: May ’23

For some reason, I am really struggling with how to start this this month, so I'm just going to start writing and see what happens. This is the overall breakdown of everywhere my money went in the month of May. This chart is very illuminating to me because I would really like to see a … Continue reading Financial Fitness Check-In: May ’23

April Financial Fitness Check-In

April was a weird month, because I both had significantly more income than I was expecting, but I also spent way more than I was expecting, partly as a result of that and I still have some outstanding reimbursements as some of the things I bought were for other things. In my bills category I … Continue reading April Financial Fitness Check-In

Financial Fitness Check-In: March 2023

To be completely frank, I was a bit of an idiot in March. Not totally, I'll get into it in the breakdown, but some of it was just me not thinking. I'm really working on tightening the belt in April, May, and June so that I can have fun on what is working out to … Continue reading Financial Fitness Check-In: March 2023

Thoughts On Emergency Funds

Last week I found myself thinking about drawing on my emergency fund, not for an emergency but for a variety of potential things: summer tires for my car, to make a bigger dent in my credit card debt, to not use overdraft, to buy a kitchen island, and a million other things. I sometimes find … Continue reading Thoughts On Emergency Funds

Financial Fitness Check-in: February 2023

February was a disappointing but significantly less expensive month than it was supposed to be. I was supposed to go down to Minneapolis for a long weekend and do some shopping and go to a Maggie Rogers concert, but instead I broke my tailbone so I spent most of February lying on my stomach with … Continue reading Financial Fitness Check-in: February 2023

Financial Fitness Check-in: January 2023

January was an interesting month spending wise, I spent the first week of the month in Toronto on vacation seeing friends and then came back up north and had to pay for airport parking for the 17 days I was gone and pet sitting for those days (insert Chrissy Teigen cringe face meme). It's funny, … Continue reading Financial Fitness Check-in: January 2023

Financial Fitness Check-In: December 2022

Welcome to the first financial fitness check-in where I am using my own spreadsheet rather than Mint and a pen and paper. It's kind of it's first test run. The one thing I cannot figure out is how to combine what I've classed as my "Bills" chart and my "Expenses" chart into one pie chart … Continue reading Financial Fitness Check-In: December 2022

Financial Fitness Check-in: November 2022

November was not nearly as bad as I was expecting it to be, I really thought I had totally blown my budget. There was just so much unexpected work travel, and while I get reimbursed for it, it still ends up costing money in food and then you're tired the next day so you buy … Continue reading Financial Fitness Check-in: November 2022

Financial Fitness Check-In: October 2022

October was a much more expensive month than I expected it would be or thought it was. There were a couple annual expenses that I forgot about and I impulse decided to buy concert tickets for Maggie Rogers in February. The other financial thing that is a big relief is that I have new landlords, … Continue reading Financial Fitness Check-In: October 2022

Financial Fitness Check-In: September 2022

I need to preface September 2022's check-in by saying that this was the first time I have taken a proper vacation since pre-pandemic, maybe even since 2018, and that I had been saving for months for it. It's also the first vacation I've ever taken with like real adult money. So saying I spent moneyyy … Continue reading Financial Fitness Check-In: September 2022