… and can I please have another shot at my first post of 2011?
Like many bloggers, I took a mini-sabbatical during the holiday season as I stuffed my face with yummy food and slept 10 hours a night in between seeing family and friends. However, unlike all the fabulously cool cats* out there who wrote about goals and annual recaps, and recaps of annual goals, I started off 2011 with a post on roasting a chicken. Roasting. A. Chicken.
Yes, it was scheduled. Yes, I thought I was smart to schedule a post and buy myself some time, just in case. No, I completely forgot what I scheduled until my post showed up on my Google Reader. Now I feel like I was caught red-handed re-gifting a post!
Anyway, onto my spending re-cap. I hope to redeem myself. If possible.
Nowhere close to my $1,000 monthly budget. Oh, December, let’s see why.
Here’s where the money went:
Clothes: I budgeted for new casual runners. Also, once I gave up on coat shopping, I found one. I haven’t decided I would keep the jacket yet, even though it’s a great price for a long down jacket (
retail $275 marked down to $132+tax).
Travel: BF and I decided to enjoy a bit of time away together before the craziness of the holidays. We took a mini vacation to Niagara Falls and enjoyed some spa, steak and time alone.
Gifts: I don’t usually exchange gifts with friends and family, though I did get BF a little something. I also gave my little sister money for her travels abroad.
Misc: I bought the business e-books from the recent big sale. Still haven’t gotten around to reading them, yet.
Here is my net worth:
Overall, I am very pleased with this month’s outcome. I definitely spent more than anticipated, but I spent with a purpose and I’m proud to say that.
My goal was to have a net worth of $60,000 by the end of the year, and I was aiming more at $63,000 since I saw my last networth update. I really didn’t want to count that VISA bill (which had about $300 of expenses that were reimbursed)! Oh well. 🙂
Note*: Cool cats = personal finance, minimalism and fashion bloggers. Please see Blog Roll on the right for my favourites!
How was your spending in December? Did you meet your budget and goals?