After a couple of oppressively sticky days without air conditioning, I awoke yesterday morning comfortably swaddled in the crisp and cool New England fall air. Temporarily ignoring my hunger pangs, I lingered in bed longer than usual, wrapping myself in any blankets within reach.
I embraced the familiar feelings associated with the abrupt changing of seasons that one becomes well-acquainted with from growing up in the Northeast.
I traveled home for an upscale family wedding in New Hampshire. While I usually question the necessity of these lavish types of events, I had a really wonderful time and genuinely appreciated their attention to detail – an eight-piece live band, fancy bathroom trailers, open bar, root beer floats to-go.
At some point over dinner I looked around the over-sized tent, noticing my loose web of connections to the other guests, and felt immensely grateful to be there.
It's important to remind ourselves that personal finance is just that, personal. We all have our own needs, priorities, financial goals, and journey to reach them.
It's imperative to respect choices that may be different from our own, after all, being frugal or cheap doesn’t mean you’re morally superior, as Save. Spend. Splurge. so eloquently pointed out.
The Budget Recap:
There are highs and lows within this month's recap, but overall, I'm pleased. Many of my one time expenses won't be recurring, so I'm look forward to a much leaner September.
Personal Care: $27.94 (floss and moisturizer)
Household: $50.52 (two months of trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, mouthwash, toothpaste, and laundry detergent)
Gifts: $100 (wedding gift), $2.75 (card), $20 (donation to friend's dog), $1 (postage), $15.84 (cards), $21.85 (friend's birthday gift)
Other One Time Expenses: $34 (coffee), $24.95 (annual Flickr fee), $50 (Nashville b-cycle annual renewal), $63.50 (gym joining fee + monthly membership), $21.84 (Adobe Photoshop), $20 (annual eye exam), $7.64 (cactus), $16.35 (herbs), $5.46 x 8 (parking), $174.40 (cost for brunch party)
August posts: 8 (July posts: 7 / June posts: 8)
Most popular post: Have You Calculated Your Bare Bones Budget?
Alexa ranking: 161,307 as of 9/6 (July: 206,731 / June: 188,903)
twitter followers: 1,370 (July: 1,201 / June: 1,024)
Facebook likes: 20 (July: 12 / June: 10)
Cumulative Adsense earnings: $44.65 (+ $21.47 from last month)
While ongoing education is always a priority for me, I'm putting these goals on the back burner while I focus on my new job. I anticipate having more time for my education goals mid-fall.
For the first time in 2014, I've managed to exercise five times per week for an entire month thanks to Pact. This is a great start, but I'll need to tackle my diet next. I have no doubt that I can follow my doctor's orders to lose weight once I make this lifestyle change.
1. Don't get charged any money by Pact. PASS!
2. Don't dip into my savings to cover this month's expenses. FAIL!
1. Continue progress with exercise Pact (five days of working out per week).
2. Add a fruit & vegetable Pact by end of month.
3. Eliminate refined sugar from my diet at least six days per week.
Readers: Was August good to you? What goals are your priority for September?