Hello err goodbye October. The month was a little busy, but overall a great. Sometimes I have to step back and just think wow, I am so lucky. Hubby and I are healthy. We have stable jobs, wonderful friends and family, and live in safe neighborhood. Seriously, despite the budgeting, debt, and tough money decisions, we have SO much to be thankful for. Money is just one tiny piece of the puzzle. Sometimes it’s easy to forget this. With that said, lets look at October:
- I formulated some new, very important goals for the remainder of 2014: More fun, cheese and wine. The point of my new “goal” is to simply stop and smell the roses more often. I’ve been working really hard lately which is good, but also exhausting. I want to enjoy everyday, not just the weekends. After a long day of work, sometimes all I have energy for is to take Ruby for a walk and make dinner! Even blogging can be a challenge. Anyone else trying to enjoy life more?
- I won two hockey tickets through my work for a game last week. We got to sit in the corporate suite and our team even decided to win! They also had food catered to the suite.. so there was beer, wings and nachos. Yum! In total the night only cost us $6 for parking! It was such a treat.
- We were able to cross off a few items on our fall bucket list: We visited an apple orchard, made apple cider AND made apple crisp. Originally, I was going to make an apple pie, but hubby and I were both craving crisp. I’d say we’re doing pretty good on our list!
- I purchased a few shares of Berkshire Hathaway class B stock. I would like to start purchasing a few shares monthly and build up the portfolio, but we’ll see.
- We managed to cut down our cell phone bill by about $40 per month. Holla! Basically my husband can get a cell phone through his employer and so now he will only pay for his personal use of the work cell phone.
- I think we are finally getting our finances back in shape. It’s been a really long summer. Between Ruby’s extra-expensive vet bills, our road-trip, and car insurance premiums, we just haven’t felt like we’ve made as much progress on our student loan debt.
- October was a great month for blogging. I had a few writing gigs that I really enjoyed working on. I don’t know why, but it’s even more fun to write for other websites than just your own.
- I had another sponsored post published this month. It’s always really interesting to work with advertisers. I think blogging is a seriously interesting business!
- As I mentioned last month, I will be launching a new series in December chronicling the final year (hopefully!) of our debt payoff journey. The main reason I got into reading personal finance blogs is because I was trying to understand how to manage/pay off our student loans. I think it only makes sense for me to share this part of my life with all you wonderful readers who could very well be in the same process as well.