For me that means a couple of things. First of all, I'd like to say thank you to those who commented on my "knees" post and for the words of encouragement. I really am trying to not let it set me back and to continue on with some of what I wanted to achieve regardless, so a good start to a new month is coming at a very good time. I took a week off work last week and was in Dusseldorf for a few days. I had an appointment at the dentist and, since I have had lots of dentist issues in the past I at least wanted to go back to the really good one I had finally found one last time. Looks like I will need some work done, however, and spending 80 euro to get to and from every dentist appointment is not very sensible. But I think I am going to stick with him for now. This is one of those situations where at the moment making the decision to spend money is the better choice for now.
During the week I sometimes had that old familiar feeling of "oh no, don't want to have to go back to work", but surprisingly by the time Saturday rolled around I was actually feeling alright, even almost eager to get back to work. That feeling was very unfamiliar. Knowing that my second day back was going to be a bank holiday was just the icing on the cake.
As well as spending time setting up my bullet journal, I started to tackle one more moving box, which is one full of small bits and pieces that I have kind of been dreading. I'm doing just a bit every day and have already dumped a huge amount of paper into the recycling. I know I have kept some things other would have thrown away but I am very happy with the progress I'm making on it.
The other creative outlet I want to try and force myself to do a bit, to see what comes of it, is writing. It is, after all, National Novel Writing Month. While I am not going to try and write a novel this month, I did actually start writing something last month and even managed to more or less get a vague outline for it down on paper. So I am setting myself the challenge of writing 500 words a day. The discipline is more what I'm after really, I suppose. And 500 words is not a lot, really. This blog post is already up to, let me check, 859.Which is probably more than enough for now.
I'll finish up with a summary of my spending. While I did track this pretty well this month, I didn't make a note of everything on the last day and a half in Dusseldorf and I kept forgetting to ask for receipts. Partly that is because I'm getting more and more out of the habit of shopping, which is not a bad thing. I'm fairly sure I remember everything, although I may have been a few cents off on a couple of items. As always, the amount I spent seems to exceed the amount I actually spent, i.e. the individual amounts I tracked add up to way more than the amounts on my bank and credit card statment. I'm going to just go with my spreadsheet having an error in the calculations somewhere. November's spreadsheet is waiting to go and there is already a difference of 5 euro. I know where it's coming from but it's taken account of in one of the formulas so shouldn't show up as a difference, which is why I'm sure that it's my formulas that are throwing up the differences. I'm going to continue just tracking daily spending, as that is currently what's important, and I'll worry about rejigging my spreadsheet again in a few months.
See here for a lengthy explanation post of some of the workings of my budget spreadsheet. Here's how the totals look for October.
Banking section (euro/% of salary/% of total income):
- Rent 590 / 60% / 25%
- Private pension/investments 50 / 5% / 2%
- Various charities 65 / 7% / 3%
- Transfer to Irish account 485 / 49% / 20%
- Basic income supporter 6 / 1% / 0%
- Annual expenses (incl. holiday savings) 0 / 0% / 0%
- Transport 39.40 / 4% / 2%
- Other house related 0
- Dental insurance 36.80 / 4% / 2%
- Visa (my old Irish credit card) 0
- Phone/internet 32.05 / 3% / 1%
- Mastercard 600 / 61% / 25% (used this a lot in September while waiting on payment of an invoice)
- Misc. (food etc.) - cash 145 / 15% / 6%
- Misc. (food etc.) - debit card 94.20 / 10% / 4%
- Bills (not including phone) - 40.00 / 4% / 2%
- Tax account 0 / 0% / 0%
- Bank charges 0
- One-off out 124.56 / 13% / 5% (this includes 49 euro also paid to mastercard, which for strange reasons I had to record here. I left just over 100 euro unpaid, just in case I ran into problems later in the month but should be able to clear it this month)
- One-off in 1,409.00 (mostly translation work income with a couple of small refunds)
- Transport 49.30 / 5% / 2%
- Food - necessities 251.94 / 25% / 11%
- Food - luxuries 186.48 / 19% / 8% (this should be higher, I think I miscategorised a lot as necessities - I was away and eating out a good bit this month)
- Canteen food 56.00 / 6% / 2%
- Toiletries 0.67 / 0% / 0%
- Gifts (incl. postage, card and wrapping) 61.27 / 6% / 3%
- Clothes 68.99 / 7% / 3% (new shoes for winter, a couple of long sleeve t-shirts and a hoody, as well as a couple of pairs of slippers which will be xmas presents)
- House/garden 83.57 / 8% / 3%
- Medical 21.39 / 2% / 1%
- Other 401.55 / 41% / 17% (however, this includes 276.76, which is the balance carried over on the MC from last month so now that amount is essentially counted twice. However, as the plan is to never carry over a balance, I'm not going to worry about changing that. Other expensive things happening this month were website renewals and travel insurance).