I know it feels like I say this a lot, but this month really flew by, like, really fast. I don’t like it when things are a blur. It makes me feel like I’m not doing enough slow L-I-V-I-N. Let’s just get to the juicy stuff (money), shall we? It was anything but a frugal month!
My net worth increased $6,791 (if you want to total my net worth you can see my numbers from last month), thanks in big part to a decent tax refund. In all I spent a cool $4,786. Yowza! Here’s how my expenses broke down:
- Rent: $1,450
- Clothes: $582.34
- Accountant (for taxes): $451
- Groceries: $422.03
- Eating Out: $269.49
- Travel-related expenses: $190.74
- Pinterest VA: $190.74
- Car Payment: $188
- Healthy Living (Class Pass, Vitamins, etc.): $170.19
- Personal Care: $133.49
- General Merchandise: $177.36
- Pet Sitting (while I was in Colorado): $90.00
- Phone: $66.26
- Internet: $59.99
- Pet Care: $49.26
- Fuel: $47.11
- Charitable giving: $45
- Electric: $44
- Parking (got my annual Hermosa Beach parking pass): $43.73
- New logo banner: $40.00
- Entertainment: $27.24
- Online expenses: $24.95
- Medical/Dental (had an eye examine and found out I’m near-sighted): $23.00
- Car Wash: $17.00
- Gifts: $10.80
I use Personal Capital to track my net worth and expenses. I love it because it’s super easy to use, has all of my information in one place, and it’s completely free. Try it out and see why myself and other personal finance bloggers love this website. If you don’t know your net worth, it’s impossible to create a financial roadmap for yourself!
I also did save money this month as well, but I keep those numbers to myself. I’m also still using Digit to save, which I love, but I know a lot of people are not happy they are going to be charging a very small fee for their service. So far I still think it’s worth it.
You can see some of my bigger expenses included paying my accountant to do my taxes, and clothes. I bought some summer dresses and shoes, partly for the trip to Europe and partly just because. I also got some things done like getting a brow wax, car wash, and pedicure, which I haven’t done in MONTHS! Let’s put it this way, it’s a lot of money, but it was completely planned, and completely rare for my budget.
I also spent a little more on eating out, but let’s get to that in our sub headers (plus Google likes me better when I do that).
The biggest thing I did this month was take a weekend trip to Colorado. I stayed with Michelle from The Shop My Closet Project. We went to the Boulder area to hike (and I had the most delicious burger ever at the West End Tavern), as well as just exploring the Denver neighborhoods, and going to Red Rocks so I could get a workout in (something that was kind of on my bucket list). Like I said in this post, I could see myself living in Colorado. Of course I’ve yet to experience a winter there. lol!
My garden is coming along really nicely! I’m starting to see the first signs of zucchini squash coming in, as well as picking my first couple of kale leaves off my plants. The free palm plants that I planted, however, are pretty much dead, so I have to figure
out what I’m going to do with the one dirt ledge that sits above the rest of the backyard. Oh, and my string lights don’t seem to be working either. I have to try and isolate the problem to see if it’s the outlet itself, the lights, or the extension cord. I’ll be bummed if it’s the outlet, and if it is, whether my landlord will fix it or not.
I booked the rest of my lodging using both Airbnb and Booking.com. My basic itinerary is I’m starting my trip in Munich, Germany for a about 1.5 days, then catching a flight to Split, Croatia where my trip with Intrepid begins. You can see the legs of that journey here. The trip ends in Lake Bled, Slovenia, where I will then take a bus to Ljubljana, which is the capital of Slovenia (sorry to insult your intelligence if you already knew that). PS, apartment rentals are dirt cheap there!
After that I’m taking a train to Salzburg, Austria, where I will set up camp for a couple days and explore that area and some points of interests nearby. As a fan of The Sound of Music, I can’t confirm or deny I’ll take one of those SOM tours. 🙂
After that I take a quick bus back to Munich, where I will fly back to LA. All in all I’ll be gone just over two weeks!
May is not going to be cheap because of said trip, paying for a cat sitter (who will be staying at my house, in case you are reading this and thinking of robbing me while I’m gone), and my car insurance is also due.
After May though, I’m going to be making some serious adjustments to my spending and budget. I’m going to switch cell phone plans to (I think) Cricket Wireless, and do some evaluating on what expenses are going to be worthwhile investments (like paying for a virtual assistant like I have been), or which ones are not worth it.
I’m not going to be tracking expenses like I did this month, since I don’t feel like spending a lot of time calculating conversions and whatnot. This trip is not budget-friendly. lol! Next year I’m probably sticking to a U.S. trip or maybe a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Financial Independence is still one of my biggest priorities!
I’m also going to be checking out of my blog while I’m on vacation, instead of trying to cram a bunch of posts in ahead of time. Speaking of my blog, did you know it’s my 5-year blogiversary this month? I can hardly believe it myself!
Alright peace out…gonna go watch some Rick Steves videos…How was your month?