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I never much liked the dark, cold month of February. All I had to do was check out my expense report from last year to remember the snowy days. That changed when I spent it in Santa Barbara this year. I went on a road trip to Big Sur, hiked every weekend, and spent a lot of time soaking up the sun. Overall, it was a pretty decent month, and I was sad to see it go.
As per my New Year’s resolution, I looked for more ways to spend guilt free on self-care this month. We’ll see how I did when I tally up my expenses.
Without further ado, here is the breakdown of my February!
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||$500||I might give this one more month and then start scaling back sessions. I still think this expense is absolutely worth it!|
|Hair Cut & Dye||$300||I have learned an important lesson about going to a salon: communicate, communicate, communicate. Setting expectations for what you want and what it is going to cost is very important. Due to some miscommunication I ended up going to the salon not one, but three times and definitely overpaid. I’m going to chalk it up to supporting a local business and do it myself next time!|
|Amazon||$87||Self-care, a book, and a smart plug for Alexa|
|Groceries||$72||This is low due to some bill shuffling between roommates.|
|Bureaucratic Documents||$107||I’ll go into more detail in a future post!|
|Utilities||$45||Gas & Electric|
|Service Charges||$32||I consolidated my two HSA accounts into Lively HSA, my preferred HSA provider. They don’t have unnecessary fees and allow you to upload receipts, so I decided to move my employer HSA over now that I don’t have a HDHP (High deductible health plan).|
|Fuel||$20||There was a rockslide that took out part of highway 101 so I had to take a bit of a detour to get to Bixby Bridge:
|Goodwill||$4||Bought a puzzle|
|Total||$2,515||Yikes! This time last year, I spent $1,282 and thought that was a lot. Rent, therapy, and a couple trips to the salon did me in. I think this will become a new normal though, we will see how much I need to tweak my Financial Independence target by the end of the year.|