Challenges, General, Monetary, Personal

Mint Tablet

I was going to bed last night and I decided I just had to blog about money management because I was proud on how much restraint I showed.

A few weeks back, my bf was telling me to get a tablet because I have a unhealthy habit of ordering books from Chapters Indigo. To expand on that due to their new mobile app, free delivery for orders over $25 and I get great deals not buying in store; I always order a lot more books that I’ve finished reading.

As I pondered on getting a tablet, I posed a question on Facebook about making a choice between an iPad mini, a Nexus 7 or a Kobo. While I was leaning towards an iPad mini because I have an Apple ecosystem, I was curious about getting an Android device – it would be my first – and my mother loved her Kobo tablet. I decided to get a tablet only when I had the money – saved up – for it.

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Challenges, Monetary, Personal

Money Challenge

So I read about how a military family of four manages to live well off on $14000 a year with no debt on Business Insider. I was talking about this with a friend of mine, DJ and we decided to take it as a money challenge. One thing I picked up from the article was they had a $400 budget for grocery shopping.

I would call myself a privileged child. I’m graduating university in a few months and I don’t have any student loan because of my parents. I still get my rent paid and a stipend from my parents even though I’m working (part-time). I spend very little from my paycheck and have a credit card debt I can easily pay off with some of my savings.  So why am I embarking on this? Let’s say I have big plans.

I’m planing on moving to a new place which might end up costing about 50% more than where I currently am. I want to be partly independent from my parents (baby steps) so I’ve set a $400/ month budget for myself. The $400/ month should cover all my monthly expenses  including my ~$100 phone bill and ~$110 bus pass which leave a little under $200 for groceries and other expenses (excluding tithe).

Since its a new month today, the challenge start today and hopefully most of it. A few details to drop now that might set me up for failure: I am planing on buying a NEX 6 camera today, I might be going out with friends tonight, I don’t buy groceries and eat out a lot.

All I can think of is Mission Impossible 😦