You know what I find both equally depressing AND exciting? Back-to-school ads!
On one hand it signifies the end of summer, although let’s face it, for most of us summer doesn’t exactly mean carefree days laying on the grass and staring up at the sky trying to figure out what animal the clouds look like (although hey, it’s a free activity).
To me it just signifies the end of something that is perceived as “good.”
On the other hand, I also love the fall and the cooler nights. And I love me some paper supplies! Is it weird that I think they smell really good? Kind of like a new book has that awesome smell!
Of course we still have August to go (typically the hottest in LA) so I’ll save breaking out a new copy of 17 Magazine for fashion tips, hoping this is the year I look cool and fit in (and usually fail miserably), for next month.
It was a pretty expensive month, both by design and by chance.
I had been thinking about getting a GoPro for months and I finally bit the bullet, although I chose the cheapest model at $149. I’ve been playing with it non-stop and it’s helped me in my video production efforts that I ramped up this month.
I also bought a new tripod…well I should say I bought a tripod, as I never had one before and if I want to get better at shooting, it’s pretty much a necessity.
One of the reasons I wanted some video equipment, and another expense this month, is because I’m going to Vermont at the end of September to shoot a video piece on the Frugalwoods.
I didn’t have any more points on Southwest, so I coughed up $366 to fly to Boston, spend one night there (finally found an Airbnb in the heart of Boston for $100), then I take a bus to Hanover, NH where Mrs. Frugalwoods will pick me up and drive me to her homestead!!
I’m really excited because I’ll be hitting three states I’ve never been to before! And in the fall!
Those were the planned expenses, and the Vermont trip will pretty much be my last trip for a while. I’m either considering going back to Michigan next year, which is super-duper cheap because it’s “home,” or taking a road trip to a national park or something. I really LOVED my road trip a couple of years ago to Colorado and Utah!
Some of the other unplanned expenses included having to buy a new standing fan, lots of ant traps (does anyone else sing Dave Matthews Ants Marching whenever they see a bunch of ants?), and some other random things.
With all that said, my net worth increased $4,469 this month. I also earned $400 in side income, some of which were people signing up for the Lola conference using my referral link, so thank you!
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This month I did two challenges. One was biking/walking (I only walked about one day per week) to work every work day. I won’t get in to that too much, because I will have a video Wednesday talking about my thoughts and the outcome of that, including having one angry driver purposely almost hitting me with her car.
The other challenge was making a video a week for the month. Even though it was only four videos, and technically one was a video I shot and edited two years ago, it’s a hugely time-consuming task to do one post and one video per week.
I’ve been in a little bit of a funk about it because I’m really trying to grow my Youtube channel, which according to many with a large following on YT, requires regular and frequent posting to grow. I’ve been spending a LOT of time on the weekends shooting, editing, and blogging, which leaves me little time for relaxing and recreation. When I don’t get a lot of “me time” (as Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights would say), I don’t expend a lot of energy. When I don’t expend a lot of energy, I don’t sleep well, then feel cranky the next day and typically eat more. It’s just something I need to think about more…
A lot of people complained when Digit decided to start charging a $2.99/month subscription fee. Hey I get it, kind of. It’s hard when something that was free suddenly charges you such a huge amount (a little sarcasm there) each month to, you know, help you overall with saving money. Bastards! You mean they have to feed their families too? Ugh!
But in all seriousness, I still love this app and didn’t blink an eye to continue using it. I have save so much money behind the scenes in addition to what I’m already saving. Money I NEVER would have transferred on my own. So I think it’s totally worth it. I feel better knowing that I’m willing to give up that one latte a month to support a Digit employee. 🙂
This month I have a couple of goals. One is to track my spending again, because I fell off the wagon last month. The second is I have some health and lifestyle “cleaning up” I want to do. I could go into it but this post is already getting long.
I also, of course, have the Lola Money Retreat the weekend of August 18th! If you are still thinking of signing up, better do it quick. And use the promo code BEACH to get $50 off your ticket!
Until next time…