Inspired by The Luxe Strategist and her Weekend Spending Diaries (Bomb Cyclone Edition is the latest) and Sherry from Save Spend Splurge with her Week of Money record, I’ll share my weekend activities for January, back in Raincouver, as a preface to the 5 great blogs from around the PF blogosphere that I will share. Scroll down for the PF Blog Round up!
7:00am– Wake up! I mix my 3 in 1 coffee and have my cereal while baby GYM plays on his play gym (haha did you like the play on words?). $0.
10:00 am– My husband and I take our baby to one of the free school board programs for early childhood education. Baby GYM seems to really enjoy it so we will definitely go again. There were some young babies there too. Even with a year off, I think parents can keep themselves so busy with free activities around town! There’s library time (at many of the public libraries), there’s community health centre groups, and swimming (well not free but only $6). I thought I would have all this free time during maternity leave but have been quite busy taking our baby around town. He sleeps so much better when he’s gone out and about. I think he’s used to going out more since we went to Hawaii and basically went out every day. I feel a bit unwell and cold and have muscle aches even though I didn’t work out the day before. $0.
12:10pm- We go out with our friend for lunch. At first I thought I wasn’t hungry but ended up finishing the noodle soup. We catch up with our friend. I still feel off and achy. $29
1:45pm- We grab some quick groceries: bananas, more 3 in 1 coffee, they work out to be $0.23 a packet, which is almost like a Kuerig cup (they are one dollar or something, right? I don’t have one of those fancy machines). They are probably not very good for you but they taste so good! $7.45
3:10pm- I still don’t feel well and check my temperature, it is 38.5. So I wasn’t being a hypochondriac, I actually have a fever. I start worrying I have the flu and don’t want to get our baby sick. My husband takes over and cooks dinner. He makes salmon with lemon garnish and herbs de provence (fancy, right?). It’s nice because he would probably just put salt and pepper on it normally, but he knows I like things not so bland haha.
8:13pm- I go to sleep when baby GYM goes to bed, and lie in bed replying to comments on my phone before falling sleep. Talk about blogging addiction haha.
Spent: $36.45 (Joint Expenses)
- Noodle soup lunch $29
- Groceries $7.45
????- I spend a lot of Saturday in bed because I am unwell, but I did manage to make a pot roast for Sunday’s dinner. I can’t remember what we had for lunch and dinner but we stayed at home. I ran out of oil of oregano and recalled I got rid of an extra bottle during my minimalism purge last year. Oops. $0.
5:30pm- I have to meet someone I arranged on one of the selling apps to give him a set of knives (you know in a wooden block). I ask if he is male. He says yes. Then I start envisioning this stranger potentially grabbing one of the steak knives and using it against me and robbing me, or hurting my child. Haha, yes I know my imagination runs wild sometimes. Probably not the BEST idea to be selling a stranger a set of knives! I ask to meet him at a public place even though I have muscle aches and am feverish (my husband is more averse to meeting strangers than me and he was taking care of baby GYM and I didn’t baby GYM to be hurt). He turned out to be a nice guy and I was able to sell my MIL’s steak knife set for her. $0 (+$10 for my mother in law)
Spent: $0 (gained $10 for my mother in law for brownie points)
7:00am– I feel back to normalish again, I made a quick recovery! It turned out I had a bit of mastitis (sorry TMI) 🙁 thank goodness I didn’t need antibiotics.
10:00am– I meet my friends for brunch. One of my friends has a 2.5 year old, she was so well behaved! They wanted to meet baby GYM and give him a gift since I never had a baby shower (you know, because of baby minimalism). Baby GYM was surprisingly well behaved. Guess what I ordered? Eggs Benedict (of course). I treat them to lunch too since I didn’t have a baby shower and I felt some sort of obligation to give back because they bought a gift for baby GYM (something wrong with me). $48
10:30am-8:00pm– Pretty much the same daily routine with baby GYM, eat, sleep, poop, nothing too exciting here! We had some pot roast (here’s the recipe) I made ahead on Saturday for dinner, courtesy of my favourite kitchen appliance, the Instant Pot. $0.
8:30pm– I meet my other friends after I put baby GYM down to bed. He seems a bit clingier, he must know that I am leaving him to have some alone time (weeee!!!). It was really nice to see my girlfriends (they all don’t have children but they have been super accommodating and understanding about me having a baby to take care of) to catch up. Some of them I hadn’t seen since last year or before Hawaii. I have a spicy Caesar (that’s a Canadian version of the Bloody Mary, I think) and share an appy of stuffed mushrooms covered with cheese with my friend (yeah, the pot roast didn’t fill me up!). $14
- Brunch $48
- Drinks and appetizer $14
Readers, have you had a Canadian caesar before? They are delicious. The green bean that they put in as garnish counts towards your daily vegetable intake, you know.
Do you think I was overreacting selling a set of knives to a stranger? Haha…
pf blog round up
Enoch from Savvy New Canadians shares a post on 4 Ways to Get Your Credit Score for Free in Canada. This was great because I was always under the perception that checking your credit score will affect your credit score. Opening a few credit cards probably hurts your score (which I did last year and then right before I checked my credit score, I opened another one) which is probably why I didn’t have a better score.
Retire Early Helen shares Lessons she learnt from the 2007-2008 Financial Crisis. I think this is a good read given the all time highs of the stock market and the impending market crash that will be coming. Not a matter of if, matter of when.
Mrs. Defined Sight shares a post about her experience working as a manager in her mid twenties, and shares some sage advice for all you 20-somethings entering the workforce. Ageism is a big thing in the workforce, the older tend to eat their young unfortunately.
Boomer and Echo shares his portfolio performance after switching to a two ETF portfolio from a number of dividend stocks and it’s up over 40% in three years. Amazing! I did a similar switch a few years ago but still have some dividend stocks, just not as much as I did before.
Leo from I Saved 5K shares a comparison of the Toronto area real estate to places around the world. Kind of like a mini-house hunter’s international. Also, if you’re interested this was in Huffington Post recently, a $750,000 house for sale that looks like it came straight from the horror movie Saw “Would you like to play a game?”