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November's tally

December 2nd, 2007 at 08:21 am

looks spectacular. I was very careful to spend only on needs, not wants, as I'm saving for Christmas.

Total Income nz$733.26
Expenses $491.24
Savings 242.02

Groceries 100.76
Donations 37.70
Clothes 3.90
Meeting friends for coffee 25.70
Medical 23.00
Local body taxes 90.67
Phone & ISP 67.74
Insurance 49.45
Power 75.00
Misc 17.32

When I go to the shop I feel like the Greek philosopher who went to the market and commented "who would have thought there could be so many things I have no need of." I have basically lost interest in spending money apart from meeting friends for coffee - and I'm reconsidering that expense. I'd rather save up and have a big decent trip than fritter it all away on little bits and pieces that give no lasting satisfaction.

2 Responses to “November's tally”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I felt similarly yesterday when the newspaper was stuffed with colorful advertising and the mail brought three catalogs.

  2. davera Says:

    I love your philosophy---really be conscious of what brings you the most pleasure before plunking down your dollars. And kudos to you for such a successful and disciplined November---$733 New Zealand is $562 US dollars. You are an amazing financial ninja to save so much of your income!

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