Well, it’s been a while since I’ve made a post hasn’t it? This week has been pretty hectic.
Today was the last day of my first week at the new job. It’s certainly been a change of pace! I was used to being bored at work and having to try and find busy work to do but that’s not the case at the new place at all. I’ve been kept busy every day which is definitely a great thing. Having to spend hours just looking at the clock tick by is a pretty dreadful way to spend your days.
On Wednesday we did our roughly monthly Costco trip to restock the things that we had used up over the last little while. This time around we spent about $250.00 which was pretty good. We generally average between 350-400 per month on groceries for the two of us. That probably sounds like a bit much to any Americans out there but groceries just tend to be more expensive up here in the frozen wastes. Costco is an amazing cost saver for most of our usual purchases and we’ll also drop by a No Frills every now and then to pick up the things that Costco doesn’t carry. Mrs. Follower used to spend $400 on herself for a month of groceries so I think we’ve improved fairly well here.
And of course yesterday we went by Stanley Park to see Hairspray at the Theatre Under the Stars for my mom’s birthday. I’m a huge fan of 60’s music so this was right up my alley. I’d definitely recommend it although you may want to bring some sort of padding for the uncomfortable chairs and blankets for the later part of the show to keep you warm. It cost us $100 for a pair of tickets so not the most frugal of outings but you can’t say no to your mother right?
We’ll also be taking a sail out on a friend’s boat on Saturday which is sure to be exciting (and cheap!).
Lessons from This Week
Groceries can be a big expense and warehouse and discount grocery stores are a great place to get deals. I always make sure to buy multiples of sale items at Costco if we know that we can use it up before it goes bad.
Striving for FIRE doesn’t mean being cheap, and it’s an important distinction to make. Nobody likes the guy who doesn’t go to his mom’s birthday celebration because the tickets are too expensive. Save your cash for the moments and things that matter to you and you’ll be in good shape. I can see you rushing up the Way already!