Frugal Feb 2016 Update #1

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Superbowl Veggie & Pita dip tray (I regretted the use of food colouring later, oops). 

We are on Day #8 of Frugal February and time to do update numero uno on how things have been progressing since beginning this challenge last Monday. I didn’t start off on a high note as I had two unexpected costs totaling around $360.00 bucks come up. It came to my attention that my passport expires next month and two days after that my cell phone screen broke and became unusable. So that had to get fixed. Womp, womp. Thankfully, I have an emergency savings fund for unexpected expenses like these and I’ll be able to pay them off my credit card at the end of the month worry free.

While it’s not exactly the way you want to kick off the month where you’re trying to save as much money as possible it IS a nice reminder for why I do this challenge. Saving and setting aside money for expenses like above are what personal financing is all about for me. It’s nice that I don’t have to stress about additional costs because I’m being proactive with my money to prepare for these bumps along the road.

Anyways back to last week’s recap.

Money Spent from Feb 1st – Feb 7th

Mandatory Expenses

  • Monthly Metro Pass

Budgeted Expenses

  • Groceries equaled up to $18.49. I also used up one of my two gift cards I had from Christmas. I was a dodo and forgot my other gift card at home. Below was for groceries for the current week AND veggies & dip for Superbowl Sunday.
    • 3 green, 2 red & 1 orange bell pepper (on reduce to sell for $1.99)
    • 3 packages of pre-sliced mushrooms (on reduce to sell for $1.99)
    • Package of baby carrots
    • Celery
    • Two broccoli heads
    • Package of cherry tomatoes
    • Container of low-fat Mayonnaise for dip
    • Bag of pretzels for dip
    • Bag of tortilla chips for dip
  • Drinks with friends after the ballet on Friday – $16.00
  • Purchased European Aquatic Championship tickets – This is coming out of my ‘Travel Fund’, which I’ve been saving for a couple of months now.

Unexpected Expenses (taken out of Emergency Fund)

  • Fixing iPhone
  • Renewing Passport
  • Passport Photos being redone

Activities & Meals 

At Home Meals 

I busted outb0026295-3a87-447d-9e8f-0e8ac0467b25 both the slow cooker and my rice cooker that I got for Christmas and for everyday at lunch this week I will be eating homemade burritos. In the slow cooker I through in some bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, spinach and beef that I had in the freezer with some taco seasoning mix and just let it sit on low for 8 hours. I’m excited to try it today!

I made enough rice for all my lunches and dinners this week, so I’ll create meals which will be incorporating rice in some form.

Since February is jam packed with a number of special events coming up this month I pre-made lemon cupcakes, which I put in the freezer and will take out to decorate for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, etc. as they are needed.

Finally, as mentioned above I made a veggie & pita tray with some dips for a Superbowl / birthday party yesterday. I made ranch drip, roasted red pepper & garlic and then tried to make them look like the Bronco’s and Panther’s team colours, which didn’t turn out so great. Oh well. Live and learn.

Activities  

Activities last week included a work event at Chill Ice House, which is a bar here in Toronto that’s entirely made of ice. There was a throne made of ice, thab52d8f6e-a0e9-4ebb-acda-6c83a4f50341.jpgt you know I needed to have a photo with. It felt very Game of Thronesesque.

Played some floor hockey on Wednesday with my sports team where I somehow ended up playing as the goalie and was hit in the groin area with one of those plastic orange balls. It hurt.

Friday went to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s ‘Going Home Star – Truth & Reconciliation’, which was a very powerful piece of work. Highly recommended if it’s going to a city near you.

Also, made it to the gym Monday – Thursday and also attended Body Pump on Saturday.

Phew. Busy week, but this is my life now (and the reason I don’t have time to update my blog as often as I’d like…).

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About Dave

I'm a 26 year old marketing enthusiast from Ontario, Canada. I graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce, and I'm currently a media buyer / planner for a marketing firm in downtown Toronto. Some of my interests include marketing, blogging, photography, travelling, coin collecting and reality TV. Also, I'm an avid Blue Jays fan. You'll find me catching a game whenever I can.
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