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October Review

November 2nd, 2014 at 07:04 am

Too many costly mistakes this month.

Investment in myself - literally

October 29th, 2014 at 09:54 am

I got the estimate for some dental work today, to the tune of $11k. Ouch! This totally throws my saving plan out the window. The only consolation is that it will be spread out between 2 years and 45% will be tax deductible. I can’t even complain about price gouging consider that it’s at the low end of the market price for top of the line service.

2015 Planning

October 24th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Best Case Scenario

Worst Case Scenario

Most Likely - Low Expectation

Regardless of how it turns out, the result is still the same. No Spending Money.

September Review

October 2nd, 2014 at 05:33 pm

One of the reason I don't like to carry cash around.

Summer fun

September 29th, 2014 at 07:29 pm

Last games of the summer tourney

Best season out of the three years we played. Got free swag too Smile

Buying gift for a young boy who has everything and only wants time to play was surprisingly difficult.

The scenery was so nice I forgot I was there for some exercise.

Spectacular comeback in the bottom of the fifth and went on to win by a large margin.

I looked ridiculous wearing tennis shoe with a floaty dress but after walking briskly for 4 hours and still couldn't cover the entire place, I was glad I ditched the sandals. Seeing women tottering on 4 inches heels there made me shudder.

The circus came to town. I gave in and bought a ticket after seeing their performers standing around practicing, shirtless, for several days in a row while they set up their tents.

August Recap

September 28th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Increased pretax saving and stopped extra payment to the mortgage.

Reason for MIA

September 28th, 2014 at 07:05 pm

Meet my latest time vacuum machine.

April Review

May 26th, 2014 at 08:48 pm

Busy month.

Cash flow looks really bad right now. Had to juggle funds quite a bit to make sure none of the accounts get ding with some sort of fee.

March Review

April 1st, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Spendy month. Changed the categories around a bit.

Thrift store find

Burberry Trench

International Women Day

Free chocolate...free extra weight

The list progress - Activities

March 17th, 2014 at 05:49 pm



Target Practice


March 2nd, 2014 at 06:49 pm

Lost old file so I had to start from scratch. Mortgage balance was taken out from list of accounts and mortgage payment added. I paid an extra $300 to principle every month as well as prepaid HOA for the entire year.

That was fast

February 23rd, 2014 at 09:19 pm

Time keeps zooming by too quickly for my taste. A few updates:

1. Big change in living arrangement which resulted in zero food bill but increased utility bill.

2. Working on cutting down my wardrobe to around 30 pieces or so and replacing synthetic fabric with natural ones. I've increase the price point to around $80 for now and will increase it to around $200 once I can stabilize my weight. This year budget is $2,000 for replacing wardrobe.

3. Got a hefty raise and decent bonus, but no promotion. I suppose 2 promotions in less than 2 years with zero initial experience is a bit too much to ask for.

4. Spent a lot of time crunching the numbers to see if I can retire by 60 with 600k in the banks and 3 paid off townhouses. It's do able with steady employment and a 3% annual raise, but then what? Would I have enough time and energy left to take things easy and simply enjoy? So the numbers have been revised to retire at 45 to 50 with 1 paid off townhouse and 450k to 700k in the bank.

5. Embracing the minimalist movement.

Last Week Food

November 12th, 2013 at 08:42 pm

Ritz Crackers
Chayote & Shrimp Stir Fry w/ Rice
Asparagus & Crab soup
Beef, Chayote & Shrimp Stir Fry w/ Rice
Onion Chips

Chayote & Shrimp Stir Fry with Rice
Apple & Banana
Chocolate Truffles
Pickled Veggie with Noodle
Broccoli & Beef Stir Fry with Rice
Pork Dumplings

Vegan Burger & Veggie Fried Rice with Turmeric & Curry (ooops)
Apple & Ritz Crackers
Broccoli & Beef Stir Fry with Rice
Rice Congee with Chicken & Onion Salad
Roasted Seaweed
Luffa Noodle Soup

Broccoli & Beef Stir Fry with Rice
Tilapia, Rice, Pickled Long Squash & Shrimp Stir Fry
Chicken & Onion Salad w/ Rice
Luffa Noodle Soup
Fruit Cocktail
Berries Pineapple Smoothie
Rice Congee with Chicken & Onion Salad

Privacy isn't free

November 6th, 2013 at 08:50 pm

With the migration of all things financial to the net, I've come to realize the danger of using a free email account. So it's time to pay up for an obscure domain and a monthly website hosting fee for that extra layer of protection.

February Review

February 28th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

It has been a busy month.

Wasted money

February 8th, 2013 at 09:48 pm

I'm growing extremely frustrated at my dad's insistent at last minute trip planning. Normally, I would be quite understanding that air fare would be high for these type of trips, but when one already has a time frame, destination, airport, and type of flight in mind, there really isn't any reason to delay it.

My dad keeps saying that his health may turn for the worst and we might end up canceling the flight anyway, so booking later at a higher price is still the same loss of money. But I would rather lose the $100 canceling fee for a $300 flight rather paying $800 for the last available seat.

January Review

February 1st, 2013 at 08:13 pm

Barely in the black this month. Budget busters include food and a last minute transcontinental flight. On the up side, my fridge is fully stock and it will probably take me a year to eat everything in the freezer.

Barclays is looking mighty fine

January 30th, 2013 at 01:33 am

Reward is calculated per transaction upon posting. Reward redemption is a general credit to the statement and doesn't reduce future reward earning. Amazon is considered a bookstore and super Walmart a grocery store. Yup, this one is definitely a keeper.

Vegetable Stock

January 26th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Been reading up on making vegetable stock from veggie scraps and I'm kicking myself for wasting so much veggie all this time. I think it was back in October when I had to throw out several bags full of vegetables that had been sitting in the fridge for around 4 weeks because I didn't have time to cook. My veggie must have been non-mutant or really old mutants since they spoiled so unbelievably fast. They're not organic for goodness sake.

Appetite Suppressant

January 21st, 2013 at 07:04 pm

Recently bought some coconut oil for hair, skin, general health and stumbled upon the weight loss side of it. I didn't think it would be effective but what do you know, it actually worked.

I took a spoonful of coconut oil along with 2 drumsticks, some kimchi and an apple. That was 6 hours ago and I'm still not hungry. Also feeling too energetic, which is nice since the fatigue that has been plaguing me is gone, but I really need to go to sleep early....

Ease into it

January 16th, 2013 at 09:41 pm

Diving head first into a 4am to 8pm schedule has been a really bad idea, especially since I'm a natural night owl. Got to learn to take things slow and ease into it.

It won't kill me if I need to take several months before I can start on the goals, much less accomplish them consistently.

Blown budget

January 12th, 2013 at 11:36 am

Well, technically I don't have a budget. I spend whatever I want, record them all, and at the end of the month go, holy moly...did I spend that much?...no more on that category. But since I've written down some of the goals I want to accomplish, I'm more conscious of this particular expense.

Unfortunately I made the mistake of walking into a Costco this week. I have a love and hate relationship with 3 places, Whole Food, Trader Joe and Costco. Love their products, hate always walking out with $100 to $200 gone from my wallet.

I intended to pick up some eggs, shrimps and beef and ended up walking out with a $171.51 receipt, without the beef. Still need to go back for the pork loin they have on sale too.

December & November reviews

December 31st, 2012 at 01:32 pm

Both negative months, in term of cash flow, and I expect more negative months for a while. Moving into a new place with nothing but the clothes on my back has been extremely expensive.

Luckily the area I'm in is very safe so I can buy used furnitures on Craigslist without worrying too much, but it's still costly.

Keep in mind, I don't have mortgage principle included in here. It was a one time charge in July so I now have a very large negative account on my book for it. Payment to this account is a transfer of fund and doesn't count as an expense.



Cash-strapped pension

December 21st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I know CalPers has a lot of financial issues, but refusing to disburse money to people who left their system is a bit much.

They kept insisting that I'm still an active public employee despite the fact that I've handed in my resignation and gone private almost a year ago. So, to get them to update their system, I need to contact my former employers and ask them to inform CalPers that I'm terminated.

Here's the kicker. My former employers told me they sent the info over on the day I left and the last time they tried to contact CalPers, they were put on hold for over 2 hours and then got hung up on. They don't know how to make me more terminated than I already am.

Also, by law, CalPers was supposed to contact me regarding the handling of the fund within 60 days of my termination. Refusing to acknowledge that I'm a former employee certainly is a good way to circumvent that law. I was hoping to tie up all the loose ends within this year, but this is going to take much longer than I expected.

All set for next week

December 16th, 2012 at 05:44 pm

Too much chicken noodle soup. Must remember to keep the soup and the noodle separate next time.

Beef & Veggie

Bamboo Shoot with Pork and Shrimp

This will keep me fed for the next 4 days.

Last week

Bean Sprout with Shrimp

Green bean, Cabbage and beef

Special assignments

December 12th, 2012 at 07:21 pm

Just found out that year end bonus is heavily dependent on special assignments performed throughout the year, on top of regular workload.

The problem is I can't differentiate between regular and special assignments. Everything my boss had asked me to do is within the scope of my job and my ability. On top of that, my workload get re-balanced once in a while resulting in my taking on new responsibilities and letting go of some old ones. What is once considered not part of my daily work is now part of it.

I really like it because I get to learn new things, but it makes writing this list really difficult now. To me, they're all regular assignments.

Year end adjustments

December 9th, 2012 at 07:06 pm

HR is not particularly happy with me right now after I made so many adjustments to the 401k contribution. Had to bump it up to 30% to keep the AGI at where I wanted it to be.

My work place has both medical and transit FSA and since I'm maxing both of them out next year as well as fully fund the ROTH IRA, I'll have to bring it back down to 10% in the second half of December.

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