Due to COVID-19 and other concerns, instead of flying home after Thanksgiving I decided to stick around my parents’ home for the month of December. I always enjoy Denver’s blue skies, but I was missing MechaniCat badly. To ease my homesickness and liven up my childhood home, we looked into picking up a foster cat.
Meet The New Foster
We showed up to the rescue and they handed us a 6 month old darling, who looks like a mini-version of MechaniCat as a grey tabby herself. She’s been a delight to have around the holidays.
See new friends
Other activities include meeting up with old friends outside and 6ft apart. This was a serious breath of fresh air after two cross-country moves that isolated me from a lot of my long term friendships. We went for walks in the neighborhood, ate outside (shivering, with gloves on, that’s a first!) and caught each other up on our lives.
The Spend Trend
Just like last month, I’m practicing spending money on myself, and just spending in general. This month that looked like buying myself some presents and not worrying about the cost of activities with friends. I’m curious to see how this reflects in my spending report this month!
Note: This is the spending for just me. I report expenses when I pay them, so you may not see insurance or other bills until the month that I pay them.
|Therapy||$375||Weekly therapy sessions. I’m a huge advocate for everyone going to therapy!|
|Ticket||$239||Shortly after writing that I have never been pulled over, I got pulled over on Thanksgiving while driving a rental to the airport. Thus ends the era of an unsullied driving record.|
|Blog||$180||I renewed my website hosting through SiteGround for another year. The cost goes up significantly if you don’t lock in the low price to start. I considered switching this year, but the service has been so good at SiteGround I decided to stick around.|
|Restaurant||$121||I think this is the highest amount spent on restaurants for me in the last few years! This month I went out socially-distanced with several friends, from coffee to charcuterie plates to meals by an outdoor fire.
|Clothes||$124||After breaking my clothing ban last month, I also went ahead and got a new outfit. I had a ball picking it out and decided to use it as an opportunity to practice spending money on myself more often (a New Year’s resolution)|
|Gifts||$88||It’s that time of year!|
|Utilities||$40||Gas & Electric|
|Zoo lights||$20||I went to the Denver Zoolights with a friend.
|Hat||$18||I bought myself a Christmas present: a knitted hat I love every time I see it on other people.|
|Groceries||$11||Low grocery spend this month because I spent the month at my parents’ house. This was the cost of some cat supplies for our new foster friend.|
|Total||$2,578||There were a few big ticket items (pun intended…) this month that really cranked up my overall spending.|
What about you?
How was your December?
Do you buy yourself birthday or holiday gifts?
How long had you been driving before getting your first speeding ticket?
Share in the comments below!