February 2017 Spending Review

Total$4,777.90Total without mortgage was $3,058.90. Total without immigration and doctor junk was $1791.01, which I feel better about...
Mortgage$1719.00Just principal and interest.
Immigration$695.49Who knew it was so expensive to be a Canadian living in the US?
Doctor$572.40Ugh, this is a lot
Utilities$360.86This includes our water / trash bill this month ($117.61) and the regular utilities ($243.25). I have hope for a lower bill next month!
Auto payment$353.60Yes, we have a car loan. But in our defense it is at 0% interest.
Charity$320.00Epic pet sitting!
Vacation$280.00Did you know there is a solar Eclipse visible from the US this summer?!
Groceries$261.63Making food ahead and freezing it is really paying off! Thank you chest freezer!
Piano tuning$150.00As promised
Sports$63.59New hockey stick for Mr. Paradise!
Internet$59.42Our one year promotional price expired...but at least it's still not Comcast.
Gas$54.51This was a lot! I don't even think we went anywhere...
Entertainment$49.58Netflix plus I splurged on staycation and bought a video game...
Gym$39.00Monthly gym fee - still going three times a week!
Gift$36.18We participated in the last round of Reddit Gifts. Not sure if we'll do it again, but it's fun to try out if you never have.
Security System$35.99We are definitely due for setting it off by accident...
Cell phone$27.00Monthly refill for my phone
Restaurants$10.00Brunch while on staycation!
Auto$7.00A car wash
Pharmacy$2.65Cough drops, sad face


  1. I just ran across this service call Savvy. They help lower your internet and cable bills. I heard about this over on How Do I Money blog. Thought about your monthly spending reviews and how your promotional rate for internet expired. May be worth checking out. https://www.getsavvier.com/ Good luck!

  2. That’s awesome you are spending time prepping food. Most of the time I am good at this (sweet potato-black bean chili, triple berry muffins & pancakes, dal, etc…). but sometime time restraints get me. so do you prep 1 month’s worth in a weekend or do a week by week prep?

    • Thanks for your comment! Lately we have been doing a little bit of both, and I have been meaning to update our post about this. On the weekend we always make all of our lunches for the following week to take to work. For dinners on the weekend we make 3-4x what we are planning to eat and then freeze the rest to have later. This lets us skip cooking two or three times during the work week because we can just take it out of the freezer. Time restraints are definitely a problem for us too, so we try to plan leftovers / frozen foods for nights when we know we won’t have much time. Triple berry muffins and pancakes sounds delicious!

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