No Negativity November
The theme of this month was “self-care.” It’s easy to get used to the day-to-day rhythm of life and forget to make that extra effort to take care of ourselves. I pushed hard in November for all forms of self-care. I got myself a therapist, went for yoga and a run (yes singular… working on making it more frequent), picked up meditation, and have been doing lots of reflection. I also carved out a lot of time to catch up with friends old and new.
As part of this shift towards taking care of myself, I loosened my wallet strings a bit, or at least that’s how it felt. While in my day-to-day I never feel deprived, I still sometimes need encouragement to spend a little more. This was my month for that, though I’m planning to bring this theme into 2021 as well. I’m interested to check out the spending report and see how much of a difference it made on my numbers!
I went home for the last week of November and may stay here in December too, so my spending will likely decrease because they feed me so well (thanks, mom & dad!).
Let’s get down to business
I don’t know how much I spend until I tally up my expense report, so it’s always interesting to compare what I expect with what actually happened.
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||$250||Although we’ve done couple’s counseling before, as part of my self-care kick I booked myself individual therapy. It has been AMAZING. I was always put off by the cost and not really feeling like I needed extra ‘help’ or ‘perspective’ but I’ve already felt a big difference by talking with a professional. It was $125 per session.|
|Massage||$50||The last time I went for a massage was for a fun class a few years ago, this was the first time I’ve bought myself a massage as an adult.|
|Restaurants||$65||Hilariously I thought I was going wild with eating out this month—from tacos to ordering in Indian food to getting pho, but the final bill of $65 is much less than I expected.|
|Utilities||$50||Our gas bill|
|Groceries||$34||I had a lot of leftovers this month, so I ended up not spending much on groceries.|
|Misc||$3||Patreon and parking|
|Total||$1,818||For all my talk of “loosening the wallet strings” it looks like this was actually a really low spend month. I only spent ~$500 on things other than rent, and half of that was on therapy! I’m sure that spending the last week of the month with my parents helped with the low cost as well. I mean check out the pie selection for Thanksgiving (below)!|