July 2013 Budget Roundup = $211,705.16 or a decrease of -($5531.57) or -2.55%
#*&$*!#^!( WEBSITE / BLOG HOSTING PROBLEMS
You may have noticed just how awful my site became when I left on vacation.
Basically, my theme totally tanked about a week after I left for Europe by having major stylesheet issues, and then my hosting service (Bluehost) was not doing me any favours either by going down and basically being #*$&@*(#%&.
By the time I got to the end of August I couldn’t take it any longer.
I switched hosts (am with MDD Hosting now), and bought a theme for the site which I am trying my darndest to keep as standard as possible.
I am so sorry for all of the mess you had to experience while I was gone, but I guess I am being punished for it accordingly as you are not coming back to the blog.
OTHER THAN THAT, I WAS IN EUROPE
I was in Europe, so I was pretty much spending my time .. spending money, looking at quirky cute things like this:
INCOME = $704.37
Made my casual goal of earning $500 a month! Woo hoo!
Not to mention that I was pretty much away the whole month, so this made it even sweeter that my background efforts helped me along.
EXPENSES = $706.71
Some of these expenses were incurred in Europe, but they were my personal spending (e.g. Wardrobe), and does not include the stuff we shared like Food and Transportation.
TOP 5 CATEGORIES OF SPENDING
SAVED: On Rent!
Okay so this was really just a nice gesture because we weren’t there for more than 2 days of the month, so there was no rent.
SPENT: On Travel Insurance
Need it, right? Still it was pretty expensive for 2 months, when I am not used to paying for health insurance at all.
SPLURGED: On Scarves
When in Paris, do as Parisians do.. right? 🙂
NET WORTH = $211,705.16 a decrease of $5531.57 or -2.55%
NET WORTH FROM THE PAST 12 MONTHS
MY 5 FAVOURITE POSTS THIS MONTH
- Personal Finance Bloggers are not the norm
- Why I won’t be paying for my kid’s college education
- Minimalist Packing: 2 months, 2 carryons
- Women & Money: Adjusting to a modern role
- How to stop caring about people who whine about their lives but are too lazy to change
BEST ARTICLES I READ THIS MONTH
One. Femme Frugality posted about how Goodwill is not as good as we think it is.
Two. Two Ringgit’s Worth asked what financial freedom means to you.
Three. Belle lays down the law of what you should wear when you travel and why.
Four. Jane Savers talks about Nickel and Dime Millionaires, which is the kind of millionaire you do not want to become.
Five. Geri of Because I am addicted posted some beautiful ballet photography.
BEST BLOG FEATURES FROM THIS MONTH
2 ringgit’s worth featured me in her spending recap when I talked about filial piety.
The Frugal Farmer featured me in her good reads for the week when I talked about The Guiding Principles of a Minimalist Wardrobe.
The Great Jollyhoombahs (what a fab name!) very kindly featured my entire blog, and said some very nice things about me.
THANK YOU ALL!
I have big things coming up for this year, and I am excited to meet it all head on!