June 2014 Budget Roundup = $233,262.04 or and increase +0.88% or +$2042.66
THIS MADE ME SNIFFLE
This great, GREAT post written by The Ugly Volvo about her father made me sniffle, mostly because that’s how I think a father should be and act, and it’s absolutely not the experience I have gotten from my own father who is more selfish than anything in the world.
He is the opposite and probably would have asked for a fully paid lunch instead of trying to give one.
CHANEL FLATS? NOT WORTH THE HYPE
I tried on these Chanel flats on a whim and my goodness are they ever uncomfortable!!
The foot is REALLY narrow (and I don’t think I have a very wide foot), and although the vamp in front came up nice and high, I found the sole stiff and the leather a bit too tough for my foot.
I also tried on these Chanel flats and found them narrow, with a kind of painful pinch around the toes.
Most definitely NOT comfortable.
More comfortable than the ones above, but not by much.
I have yet to find a pair of Arche ballet flats, and to bite the bullet on Poppy Barley shoes.
Lanvin flats are back on my list because of Gia’s review but I’d like to see if I can buy something cheaper than $500 flats…maybe Poppy Barley?
CANADA LIVING VS. U.S. LIVING
I loved reading about Ariana’s experience in Canada. I agree with a lot of points she has made but ultimately as a freelancer, Canada is a better country for healthcare costs and working/charge rates versus the U.S. Then again, I am also in Ontario / Quebec, not out west.
I myself lived in the U.S. for a year, then moved back to Canada because not even the shopping could make me change my mind.
Good thing she didn’t move to Quebec to live! Quebec has even more quirks than the rest of Canada with their Separatist sentiments and all…
INCOME = $641.66
I made over $500! Of course, most of that was because I sold my Canon S95 digital camera. I don’t really need 3, and I’ve been using the Sony RX100 more and more to take pictures of Baby Bun.
I still own my Canon G12 though, and love it.
EXPENSES = $5513.61
WAIT! Before you freak out, you will have to know ahead of time that the bulk of this (60%) was spent on my teeth.
I have wayward teeth up top and was told by my dentist to “get it done before it gets even more expensive”. Wise words, woman.
I should have listened to her last year and did it but then I became pregnant and X-rays were out of the question… so here we are.
TOP 5 CATEGORIES OF SPENDING
SAVED: ~$700 ON KITCHEN STUFF
I returned that Mauviel pot and steamer insert. The pot was perfection but the insert had dents it in, and the bottom was dirty / scuffed. For $700 as a set, I expected PERFECTION.
*shakes fist at France*
SPENT: $3800 ON MY TEETH
Once I go through the whole process of Invisalign, I’ll do a post on it.
So far, I am loving it, with a few caveats…. the price tag, being one, but the major benefit of these things? I don’t have to deal with painful wires poking my gums and inside my mouth, and I am not shy about smiling with a mouth full of metal.
(That is what NIGHTMARES are made out of)
SPLURGED: $600 ON KALABANDAR SCARVES
You can see all of the ones I bought here from Kalabandar scarves, but I forgot to take a picture of the one I bought for my Mom as a gift.
NET WORTH: $233,262.04
It actually went up, and higher than it has ever been in the past.
This “no working and spending all the time” thing is working out for me……!!
I kid.. I kid.
I do need to work to make income, but it is satisfying to know that once you build a steady, solid net worth and invest it, your money kind of makes money all by itself.
MY 5 FAVOURITE POSTS FROM THIS MONTH:
- What I bought from Kalabandar Scarves (I am OBSESSED)
- Why and how you should deal with conflict and stand up for yourself
- Do you worry about how pretty or good looking you are?
- The aftermath of giving up your career to stay at home
- …I gave up a quarter of a million dollars to be with my family
BEST BLOG FEATURES FROM THIS MONTH:
- Alexandria Stylebook liked my analysis of my closet
- Cassie recommended my post on packing
- PK liked my post on how many golf balls … well just read the post, and about how I broke my glasses
- Maria liked my roundup, particularly the bit on Flaubert
- Both Revanche and FU addressed my post on giving up a quarter of a million to stay with my family
- I was featured on 1500 Days!
- Charlotte loved how easy my Investing Series was to understand. THANK GOODNESS! Validation!
- Michelle is my kind of girl, she dresses up too!
To… the SUMMER!!!!
I am going out a lot more with Baby Bun. He’s adorable and he needs to be shown off to the world.
I also am getting less cabin fever and he is pretty easy to take care of, most of the time. He only gets fussy / whiny when he needs to eat, be changed, sleep, or wants me to play with him.