TGIF! Wow, for someone who only works every second Friday, my body was shocked and dismayed to have to work this Friday! And usually, on a super tired morning, I’d stop for a mocha on the way to work. But a mocha has both sugar in it (which I’m trying to trim down on til the end of July) and it’s ‘buying takeway’ which I’m also not doing in July. Thankfully, there’s a coffee machine at work, and I got a hit the minute I got in!
In today’s random Friday wrap up, I’ll just collect my thoughts, and receipts, and look at how the week, and the month so far have been, in Carla’s of Daily Half Dozen’s relaxed style (I know we share some readers, sadly I won’t be as concise as she is!).
Yikes, what a week! Last week, I got a double pay, thanks to back pay, overtime and on call pay. So I quickly siphoned that off to my savings goal of $26k by 22 Dec for my mortgage. I even paid two weeks of my mortgage last week. It was all going so well…
This week I got paid my new normal weekly pay. And then I proceeded to spend $1400 on a two day course! To regular readers, this is part of getting my chartered professional engineer status – I need 150 hours of continuing professional development. 75 of these hours can be ‘anything’ – which cover all the internal courses we do more or less annually. But the remaining 75 hours are divided into specific ‘skill sets’ and I was woefully under subscribed in ‘area of practice’ courses. So I found a course in August, but with two days until the ‘early bird’ rate of 10% off ended, I signed up straight away. In the past, these courses have been paid for by my employer. Sadly, with the current climate, I am not at all confident I’ll be reimbursed this time. Nonetheless, I’ve found some paperwork, and commenced my case with my (new) boss. He’s on board, and willing to watch me fight 🙂
After paying for the course, other enjoyable hits to the budget included
- finally fixing the ikea kitchen lights (that’s a post in itself!) for $160. This will be reimbursed by Ikea
- I helped crowd fund a great book from a blog I love 52Suburbs – you won’t be disappointed if you like photography and diptychs
- I got all my nails done in preparation for the wedding, which set me back $85. You know how I feel about the cost of being vain, so this was a hit!
- accommodation for the wedding was $180. Most places in Orange are minimum two night stay, so it severely limits the competition if you’re looking to stay one night. It was well worth it though!
- thanks to An Exacting Life, I went and found concert tickets! I’m due to see Rudimental in September (which I initially thought had sold out), and then also bought two tickets at the same venue for theatresports next weekend. I’m sure I’ll enjoy both, but that was another $140
- for the first time in months, I had acupuncture AND physio (which I was having weekly for a long while). Combined, my out of pocket was $90, better than the $120 it could have been
- I’ve signed up for a 9km bridge run ($57)! I can reimburse myself from the 12 in 2 adventure fund though. Sadly the 5km color run I was going to do with my family sold out quick sticks, so we’ll volunteer instead, to still be involved. Whilst on 12 in 2 goals, I’ve also found an accountability partner for running (Pauline for Make Money Your Way) and for the bible reading I have Brian from Done by Forty who I met through comments at Jen’s blog The Happy Homeowner – yay to have encouragement!
That’s about all, til I spoke to the physio about my running and shin pain. She suggested I needed new running shoes – I’d like to get some for the ~$100 mark, but in Australia, it’s more likely to be ~$200. I’m almost tempted to take that US trip I’m dreaming of, to save me the $100 dollars.
And I’ve decided I’d like to try skinny jeans after a great wardrobe post by Into Mind, though I did wander around, and now I’ve decided I need to at least TRY skinny jeans whilst I’m this side of retirement… I mean seriously, why have I never owned a pair? I just think they might be the silhouette update I’ve been looking for. (yes I think of what I’m wearing in terms of the shape, and I’ve been a little less than impressed with a lot of my winter wardrobe of late). So that’ll likely be another $100.
I’m not game to add this all up – but let’s just saw, I’m sad to see a lot of last week’s gains be lost this week or so. Hopefully some reimbursements will settle it out, otherwise I’ll just have to be ok with achieving my savings target slower.
I’m getting so hung up on ‘stuff’. The price of stuff vs the quality. Thinking about the conditions of who made it. The wage they were paid. Should everyone earn what an Australian ‘minimum’ wage is? It’s all getting to me – and came up last night with my parents who’ve just enjoyed 2.5 weeks in Asia, where a watch was $2.90. How do you work out a fair price?
This thought process was probably kickstarted by a radio segment where I heard the found of Slavery Footprint speak about the way they are trying to change industries (rather than companies) to address slavery. You can input your ‘stuff’ to work out how many slaves you had. Best part of the interview was when he mentioned that his people emailed Steve Jobs – to which he off handedly suggested ’email the Queen too’. His staff explained that Jobs always replied to emails. And he did! He said ‘thanks for bringing this to my attention, I’ll look into it’. And since then, Apple’s gone form being a secret company, to disclosing their suppliers and the conditions and what Apple is doing to improve things. Certainly heartening.
The radio presenter had 34 slaves. I got 44. You should try it – it’s a cute interface if you have 5-10 mins to spare! You can fine tune every step by pressing the cog on the left (shown above), which I did for food, technology & clothing (using my wizz bang inventory, and it was still hard!) <- actually I went back and tried to fine tuned them all, til they cleared my old clothing tally!
I think that’s all that’s on my mind. I have the fancy birthday dinner this Saturday (my one eating out exception that I planned at the start of my ‘no eating out’ July Challenge). It’ll be great – I believe it’s 5 courses of south american food, with the option to match wines (sorry Lucinda, it’s not a dry July for me!). It’s also another cost, but hey, I knew this one was coming.
Let me know how your slavery footprint goes when you get a chance – I’d love to talk about that more!