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Friday, March 2, 2012

February Spending

February seemed like a really LONG month!! It was busy but also dragged on. D had a pond hockey tournament in early February. They won one and lost two but it was a fun time. I picked out my bridesmaid's dress for my roommates wedding. We went out to a local pub for Valentine's dinner and liked it so much we went the next week too! I got stuck in a snowbank for several hours on my way to an ASL weekend. So glad March is here now. Here's how February spending went:

Rent (19%) ACTUAL: 10%
Hydro (3%) 4% 
Internet (3%) 5% Ugh we went over our limit again. Now I know what the issue was though so it should be lower next month!
Laundry (2%) 1% Ugh, hate this expense
Car and Gas (11%) ACTUAL: 7% New windshield wiper
Phone (3%) ACTUAL: 2%
Food (8%) ACTUAL: 4%
Restaurant (3%) ACTUAL: 4%
Personal/Medical (4%) ACTUAL 8% haircut, prescription
Clothing (5%) ACTUAL: 1% A shirt for work
Gifts (5%) ACTUAL 11% Birthday present for D (books and sports tickets)
Education (2%) ACTUAL 13% Yikes, this was for ASL weekend, a book for my next course, and my OCT membership
Entertainment (3%) ACTUAL 2%
Everything Else (5%) ACTUAL: 17% Ugh so high!! I had to buy a sleeping bag. Also got some towels, paid for something on D's jeep (which will mean no rent for me for March), and half of my bridesmaid's dress.

TOTAL (73%) ACTUAL 91% Ugh I went way over on this again. Must keep this in better check. March should be better since it's a 3 paycheque month and I don't foresee any major expenses since they are out of the way already. Anyway onto savings...

TFSA (15%) ACTUAL: 7%
Christmas (3%) ACTUAL: 0%
Camera (3%) ACTUAL: 0%
RRSP (5%) ACTUAL: 7%
Travel Fund (3%) ACTUAL: 4%

TOTAL (28%) ACTUAL 19% A little lower than I had hoped but March I WILL do better!! I wasn't expecting to pay for D's Jeep repair and that made me save less this month. 

March I think will be a good month. It's D's birthday month and March Break!!! (although I will still be doing some respite care over the break instead of teaching), St. Patrick's day and THREE paycheques! I am going shopping this weekend with D's mom and sister but I won't go overboard. Hopefully I can get my income tax done this month as well (just waiting on one more employer), maybe a RETURN will be in my April future?? 


  1. I have my Grandson's Birthday coming up this month but very little else, maybe a chance to catch up with some bills......

  2. Which camera are you thinking about? A DSLR?

    Yay for rent being lower!

    What are doing for D's birthday?

  3. Oh you had a full month!!! Here's hoping for a great March for all of us :-) I also get a 3rd paycheck this month plus I am hoping on my tax return sometime in April...

  4. I am thinking about the Canon Rebel...I would love the T3i but would be just as happy with a T2i. We will see though. Do you have a DSLR? For D's birthday his parents are taking us to a local pub on Thursday. I think I have to work on his actual birthday so I hope to bake a cake or do something for him.
    And Min Min, where is your blog??

  5. I wouldn't say you did too bad considering that it looks like March will make up for February.

    Min Min's blog is still here if you haven't found it already


    and now this too


  6. I hate the laundry expense too! We used to live in a place that included laundry but now it's pay per load. It's awful because we never have change, so when we do it all goes to laundry.

  7. Sorry, did not see your reply earlier. I have the Nikon D40x which I purchased at $700 back in 2007. It's a basic camera for beginners trying out SLRs. I don't know enough to give you any recommendations.

    Enjoy the blog. I have not been posting too much and I really should try to take better picture