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Week 32

August 14th, 2019 at 08:55 pm

Grocery = $81.84, a bit over than what I wanted it to be. Everything is going up in prices.

Birthday Present = I finally bought myself a birthday gift – 4 months later ($145).

Shopping = ($111.00) I had to throw away my old stock pot and had been looking to get a small frying pan. I also had to get rid of my old pasta marker, it broke late last year.

Gardening and Cooking = I did a little bit of gardening but the weather has been not that great but I’ve been doing a little bit every day. We made a big batch of dumplings (almost 100).

Til debt do us part = I been watching this old Canadian show online. It's amazing how people end up in debt. Interestingly it seems that majority of the people that participated in that show are mainly middle class. Most of them have a very decent income, which made it easier for them to get loans and credit cards and ultimately into consumer debts.

Week 31 – Got a New Dishwasher

August 5th, 2019 at 11:32 pm

Grocery = $52.40 – a lot more reasonable.

Dishwasher = so we went ahead and got the new dishwasher from Aldi. The price actually went down $20 from the week before. And DH spent another $29.90 to get some plumbing items to be able to hook it up. So in total it was $308.90, with a 3-year warranty.
I looked up our last dishwasher purchase and it was 9 years ago (I blogged about back in Aug 2010). That one cost us $595, we got it on sale with a great discount and the original price was $1,200. That one cost us $66.44 per year. An equivalent of 4.6 years for this new one but also there are some benefits because it uses cold water, it is more efficient in both water and electric usage and it has a delayed timer which means we can set it to wash the dishes during off-peak time.

Lunch out = we went out for lunch for a friend’s birthday. We spent $100 for gift and $52 for food.

Stovetop espresso maker = got one on sale down from $45 to $18. This was an item we have in our “to get for the right price” list.

July 2019

August 5th, 2019 at 12:10 am

Total = $1,298.89

Grocery = $296.17, this is right on our monthly budget but we were meant to spend a lot less because we have gone over in the last few months.


*Put as much money we possibly can into Investments (at least $40K).
Low spend month means more money into savings 
*Save $3K for Holiday money. N/A
*Save $5K for "The Challenge"

Entertainment = this is under budget so I’m putting $10 into the challenge.
NSD = in July we had 14 NSDs, so another $42 into the challenge.
Also DH made some money trading so $200 into this challenge.

Other –

*Read 200 books.
87. The Secret Runners of New York - Matthew Reilly (2 Jul) - Audio
88. Digital Minimalism - Cal Newport (3 Jul)
89. Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty (7 Jul) - Audio
90. Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty (15 Jul) - Audio
91. Lab Rats - Dan Lyons (19 Jul)
92. The Last Summer of Ada Bloom - Martine Murray (21 Jul) - Audio
93. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind - T. Harv Eker (23 Jul)
94. A Year with Less - Cait Flanders (25 Jul)
95. Hearthbreak Hotel - Deborah Moggach (27 Jul) - Audio
96. The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (29 Jul)
97. Bridge of Clay - Markus Zusak (31 Jul) - Audio

*Continue Learning Spanish.
I’ve lost motivation 

* Wake-up early workout and or meditate 5 times a week.
Waking up early, no problem but working out and meditating big problem.

*Blogging once per week.
Still going

*Continue Garden/Landscaping.
Have been doing some little projects outside

*Continue Decluttering.
We took a bag to the charity place.

*Learn to Draw
Not really into this at the moment.