May 2014 Budget Roundup = $231,219.38 or a decrease of 0.065% or -$150.99
GETTING EXCITED FOR THE WORLD CUP!!!!!
And this video doesn’t help my excitement.
WHY LEARN FRENCH IN PARIS?
BF said something puzzling the other day.. puzzling, because he’s from France and you’d think he’d have said something different.
I mentioned a friend who is living in Paris, trying to learn the French language and coming across a lot of hurdles in the slang she didn’t expect.
Him: But why is she even bothering to learn French?
Me:… because she’s in Paris?
Him: But all educated people speak English. She can always speak English and not bother with French.
Me: Well for one thing, buying stuff would be easier.
Also, it’s just such a shame to live in France and not even bother to learn the language. It’d be like a Spanish person coming to the U.S. to live and not bothering to learn English!
… How odd.
I thought he would have been more encouraging of her learning French, particularly with French sensibilities as in.. they don’t think they can learn languages well and are too shy / mortified to speak any language but French because it is the only language they know perfectly without fault.
I find this attitude a bit bemusing because that means I have to subject them to my rather mangled tu versus vous French at times, but they prefer this over having to speak English to a native English speaker.
Unless they can speak it perfectly, they don’t want to try and embarrass themselves. This is a very defeatist attitude to me.
TIM TIM’S RUM & COCA-COLA
I know this song is about prostitution, but it’s just so damn catchy..
In case you’re wondering what she is singing in Brazilian Portuguese for the lyrics to the song, it is:
“Homenzinho que prazer você me dá… ah-ah deitadinho no sofá… ah-ah homenzinho você gostou? Oh então vamos continuar…”
Translated: “Little man what pleasure you give me… ah-ah laid there in the couch… ah-ah little man did you like it? Oh let’s go on…”
Hat tip to WORIONLOBO for translating in the video comments. I had been trying for months to figure out what she was saying because it bothers me when I don’t know the lyrics to a song I love.
TRIED ON A FEW MORE PAIRS OF SHOES & BALLET FLATS
Pretty Ballerinas are really only available online in the U.S., but can be found at David’s in Toronto on Bay / Bloor and in Montreal in the Westmount area at 392 Victoria Avenue.
They’re made in Spain.
I tried them on in David’s, and there is NO cushioning to speak of.
Literally NOTHING. THERE.
The suede version is comfortable around the foot and ankle, but without any cushioning to speak of, they’re a no-go for me, especially at those prices ($150 +). For such expensive shoes, I expected a LITTLE padding. Not a ridiculous amount, but not nothing.
I also tried on those infamous L.K. Bennett heels because Kate (the Duchess) seems to like them so much. I don’t understand why, because they are ridiculously painful and they fit really strangely on my foot, as though the soled area was totally flat and not supportive at all.
I much prefer Manolo Blahniks as heels versus L.K. Bennett, and Bennetts are also made in Spain but Blahniks are made in Italy.
That, and I loathe shoes in patent leather because they look so cheap and plasticky and a lot of L.K. Bennetts shoes are a patent leather.
I think I’ve been spoiled by Blahniks.
Lastly, and to no one’s surprise (least of all mine), I tried on the Chloe scalloped flats and fell in love with them. They’re made in Italy.
Of course I did.
And of course, they’re $495 and totally out of my price range (I know, surprising right?)
I can pay up to $200 MAX for a pair of ballet flats, but any more than that and they better last for 10+ years which I am not sure will happen, as the leather is very soft and thin.
Yeah. I think I won’t buy them unless they’re at least 50% off or more.
INCOME = $498.43
EXPENSES = $2703.29
Based on my previous budgets coming down either around or well under $1000 a month, this month’s almost $3000 expenses scared me when I tallied everything up.
I was pretty nervous when I looked at the final numbers, well aware that I had kind of ..er.. let.. my budget explode out of control on a whim of spending.
One thing led to another, and before you knew it, I ordered a $750 (after taxes and duties) steamer insert and matching pot online (egged on by BF of course).
TOP 5 CATEGORIES OF SPENDING
SAVED: What is this ..”saved” you speak of?
No seriously. What is it?
.. I guess I can say I “saved” on a haircut. Instead of going to a fancy salon at $100+ before taxes and tip, I went to a cheaper one that came out to $45 in total after taxes and tip.
SPENT: An epic amount of money on clothes
You saw the post right?
SPLURGED: $750 on a steamer insert & matching pot
Made by Mauviel, crafted in France by hardworking French fairies sitting on sweet little toadstools under the light of a blue moon… of course.
What can I say? I love steamed vegetables and steamed everything, so this is the ONE THING I really wanted to buy.
BF still has his eye on this Le Creuset pot that he declares is the perfect size and width to make his famous Tarte Tatin.
It’s a few hundred bucks so we’re going to wait until there’s a sale or SOMETHING at Williams-Sonoma before picking it up.
Who am I to complain if the man wants to make awesome desserts for me?
We also still want a Vitamix blender to puree and make baby food for Baby Bun when he gets big enough to eat solids.
NET WORTH: $231,219.38 or a decrease of 0.065% or -$150.99
Umm.. it could have been worse? Considering I spent about $3000 and earned less than $500, this is not too shabby at all.
DIVIDENDS REVIEW: $204.62 for May
All reinvested into more stock of course.
MY 5 FAVOURITE POSTS FROM THIS MONTH:
- 10 Golden Rules of Personal Finance
- Why are we so obsessed with fast fashion?
- Living without a smartphone bothers people
- Why minimalism bothers you
- What is the one luxury you can’t give up?
BEST BLOG FEATURES FROM THIS MONTH:
- FU liked my post on lazy children and their helicopter parents
- Rockstar Finance featured my post on how you are only as rich as the environment you live in
- Debs appreciated the WordPress help!
- Freedom Thirtyfive liked my post on where you’d live if money was no object.
- Suburban Finance linked to my controversial post about where we draw the line for cultural customs
- PK reciprocated the link love and liked my 10 Golden Rules of Personal Finance
Not. Spending. Money. In. June.
I AM NOT!
Okay… I am spending money but not a lot on fun stuff.
I need to go see a dentist and get a spring retainer (I think), and the consultation alone is $65, and the retainer is $500, so… $600?
*crosses fingers nervously*