And here are our grand totals for the month:
Walking: I walked a total of 91 miles this month and walked 29 out of 31 days (I missed one due to laziness and one due to wind). I would like to walk about 100 miles per month, with a minimum of 83 miles per month in order to reach my goal of walking 1000 miles this year. Even walking only two miles per day will give me 60-62 miles in a month then adding a few volksmarches will jack that total up closer to 100 miles. Overall I'm really happy with my walking this month!
Spending: We had 7 no spend days this month. We spent $212.14 on food and household items, $43 on tips, $65 on unexpected bowling expenses (a fundraiser and an annual fee; monthly bowling league costs are part of our regular budget); $77 on eating out (tips were tallied separately); $20.11 on Baskin Robbins Blasts (a total of seven Blasts, one was free); $91.40 on gas; $78.05 on shopping for clothes, a bag, etc (Goodwill, Ross, etc); and $2,601.24 on appliances and tech products.
Overall we spent like maniacs this month but the giant total for appliances and tech stuff were mostly once in a decade or more expenses (and some of these purchases were for a couple of my annual goals). Even though $20 for Baskin Robbins isn't much, it would be better for my health if I could totally quit this bad habit. We spent more than I had thought on tips and eating out which could--probably should--be curtailed a bit (but this would probably increase the amount we spend on groceries). Gas for the car was about average, and other shopping was a bit more splurge-y than most other months.
So my goals for February are:
- Do 12 volksmarches
- Walk 2 miles for the other 16 days of the month (for a total of 28 days of walking)
- Do our taxes
- Apply to work WSOP
- Do a no spend month (and really really cut our spending this month!)
- No Baskin Robbins Blasts for the month
- Work 60 hours for my client
- Stock our house prior to all of our guests arriving
- Write and publish a book
- Pay off my credit card that I used for the appliances (I will use my January paycheck for this, my February paycheck, and sell our old appliances to accomplish this)
Don't worry, I won't bore you with the daily details like I did this month but I will keep these goals listed on a spreadsheet so I can do an end of the month wrap up.