Better late than never ! I returned from Chicago Saturday evening after a work trip and always find I’m playing a bit of catch up after travelling. I find work travel to be equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. Returning home on the night of “Fall back” created the perfect scenario for sleeping and still having the most of Sunday available. I made it to tallying up my expenses yesterday, but not writing this post. Here was my weekly spending:
No major surprises here, but my goodness quite pricey. The beginning of the month signals RENT!!, by far my biggest current expense. My food expenses, while much cheaper than previous weeks were still a bit steep—but for real good news coming for the next week! I swear this isn’t a girl who cried wolf situation. The travel expenses should ultimately be reimbursed, but I’m trying to treat it as ‘true’ spending and then I’ll just add the reimbursement to my monthly income. In the past, these travel weeks are where I would go off track BIG time. This trip I really gave it my best effort to track where/when/what I spent/bought. Part of the issue is when I travel I often use cash, which is contrary to my “normal” at-home life. In most cases, I had a receipt; however, where I did not have one I was pretty well able to approximate the spending. I’d say I’m off by a few dollars at MOST, which is pretty impressive for me!
Self-maintenance was also travel related: Nail appointment, new mascara, and dress socks so my feet didn’t freeze to death in Chicago. It.was.so.cold.
Finally, our “Funtivity” was going out for apps and beer on Saturday night after I returned to Tampa; honestly, it was not my best $$ decision. Sort of poor service, plus one tired couple, equates to money that could have been better spent—yet, c’est la vie.
Since the spending this week was steep (RE:Rent), I’m going to try to lay low next week, BUT it’s also the perfect weekend for me to do a bit of personal wardrobe shopping. I had originally set a limit of $1000, which I now scoff at because that is way too high. However, I know even a few hundred dollar update for the winter will do my soul some good. I have been closet purging, so I’m ready to add more, within reason of course… Ok, so $500 limit it is! Considering I don’t need much in the form of winter clothes, it is fine by me.
Sending positive vibes for the week ahead and hope you can Wisedebther to live better xo !!