Woohoo, I’ve got my computer back! Which I suppose means I’ve got no excuse not to post regularly this week. So here goes.
True to the way my life’s been going lately, August passed in a blur. Good thing I’ve got photos on my phone and a spending spreadsheet to remind me of what happened! 😂
Essentially I went hiking all month
There was a lot of hiking. There was my second weekend in a row of hiking as I was prepping for Glacier.
Then there was Glacier and all the related adventures that happened on that trip. I posted a whole ton of photos in that post, but it’s always a good time for another one:
By the time the weekend after Glacier rolled around, my body was sufficiently recovered enough to go hiking again. Nope, I totally don’t enjoy hiking, what are you talking about?
In case you somehow missed that this happened…
Also there was my second CampFI. That experience resulted in two posts so I’m not going to say anything more about it here!
New ink, who dis?
If CampFI Midwest was a total impulse purchase (although let’s be real, one I’d been wanting to make for months if given the chance 🤷♀️), then what happened the following weekend was the opposite of that: I got a tattoo! If you didn’t see the extremely short-lived photo I posted on my Instagram story, sorry, you’re out of luck. Because it’s the opposite of maintaining my anonymity. You’ll just have to meet me in real life to see it!
I know I haven’t yet written the post I promised in my CampFI Mid-Atlantic recap about finding my why. But as Military Dollar can attest since I told her about my tattoo idea during JD’s presentation, the line I got tattooed on my arm functions pretty well as a mission statement/my why. It’s at least a reminder that I need every day.
Actually, looking back, I wrote this in the post:
“His presentation also confirmed that the tattoo idea I’ve been thinking about for a very long time is definitely what I’ll get whenever I manage to talk myself over my needlephobia. So thanks for that, J.D.!”
Soooo yep, I definitely followed up on that part at least!
It was an expensive thing to do. It probably would’ve been cheaper if I’d waited until the holidays and done it while I was back in NC visiting my parents. But I was paying for the convenience of a) knowing someone who’d just gotten a tattoo there and recommended the place and b) being able to walk into the tattoo shop, ask about the feasibility of my idea (originally it was going to be one line instead of two, but as they correctly pointed out, it was too long for just one line), and meet the owners, if not my tattoo artist. When you’re talking about something that’s going on you permanently, meeting in-person before you show up for your appointment is the way to go!
I’m not mad about these numbers
|My half of rent|
|Internet and utilities||
|My half of internet and utilities|
|I stopped using my grocery store gift cards this month because I was working on another minimum spend. Next month’s groceries should be back closer to $0!|
|It was an expensive/social month. Plus some of this is Military Dollar’s fault for a) being in town and b) some of this is coming out of what I owe her for our room at FinCon. Although AYCE sushi is never a bad thing!|
|Misc household goods||
|Patreon dues and the annual fee for the Disney card I just opened before I head there after FinCon|
|Alcohol for the general booze table and meals after camp|
|Hostel for the wedding
|Aka the “permanent scar” I was joking about in the title
|Paychecks and other income||
|Extra paycheck month for the win!|
|Side hustle income||
|Being out of town means not working much on the weekend|
Not bad at all, especially considering
the ridiculous amount of money I paid to permanently ruin my skin (ahem, I’m done channeling overblown reactions I’ve heard people express in reaction to tattoos throughout my life) this month’s large expense. Which I totally saved up for, by the way.
When a personal finance blogger gets a tattoo: I saved up a bit more than I ended up needing, so that extra $50 is now off to my Roth IRA! #ididAThing
— Erin | Reaching for FI (@reachingforfi) August 31, 2018
A blogger’s gotta be on brand, even when getting a tattoo!