I’ve been a bit more free with the spending recently, so let’s tally up. Also, there have been a number of expenses that have come up recently (home insurance, family visit flights, etc.) that have left me feeling a bit broke ass as I’m trying to re-build my emergency fund.
Of the purchases I categorized as “extra,” I found $830 since the condo payoff that weren’t in the budget:
|Nvidia shield tv||$239.25|
How do these line up with my goals? Well, the Shield TV probably doesn’t really. It’s something I use at night before I go to bed. It’s mostly a solo activity – the controller even has a headphone input to make sure your bed partner can’t hear the TV. I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit though.
The second biggest category is home cleaning. I ordered 2 home cleanings with two weeks in between them. This was in preparation for my girlfriend arriving. I like how much cleaner things are, but mostly it’s for her benefit, so I think I’d actually put cleaning into more of the social category.
The social category as marked above includes paying for a couple dinners and a couple escape rooms. No regrets on that spending, even if the restaurants were pricier than my typical taco (which I like quite a lot and don’t include in the extra spending b/c it’s about as cheap was what I eat w/ groceries).
Next is extra long manduka mat I finally bought (40% off) but haven’t used yet (but probably should use). They want me to “break it in” with sea salt. There’s even a fun video (meaning I make fun of it) about it:
Since I’ve been “borrowing” one from work for several months, this seems like an okay purchase. But I need to actually use it!
Next category is Bevmo, which I really didn’t need, but which I’ll be able to offer to people when they visit the (now clean) condo. It is sake and dessert wine.
$29.99 on Steam / PC game was for an expansion of Fallout 4. Really not necessary and I don’t have time to play it… and I already own it on PS4.
The car wash was $16… and that was definitely some dude ego stuff. Kind of like if I was a girl and got a manicure. My body is shitty so I’ll just make my car look better :-P.
The last was $3.25 at Starbucks. Why is this worth discussing? I do this to spend the time w/ my coworkers walking to the coffee shop. Is it worth the money? I’m not sure. I don’t do it every day. It’s something I need to think about.
My takeaways from all this are…
- Spring is an expensive time of year for me. I already knew that, but I’m just seeing how it plays out exactly in 2017.
- Gadgets are expensive and not particularly social. $830 is a lot of money to have spend outside the budget… a Nintendo Switch is not in my immediate future.
- The cleaning cost is high but has now been dialed back to $100/month, and I think I’ll keep it there… maybe try to find a better rate.
- Bevmo and steam need to be limited more in the future.
- The social stuff was great and not too expensive.