Another very tough month for us savings wise, but for an expected and necessary reason.
This month, we paid the school fees for Poopsie’s kids. At a little over $4000 it took up a significant chunk of our salary for the month. This is a once a year cost and we prefer to cash flow it rather than pull it from savings. Poopsie’s daughter is only in grade six, so we have at least another six years of this to go. Admittedly, it will reduce once Poopsie’s son graduates in a few years which will be a nice relief.
I went to Melbourne for the weekend for my best friend’s bachelorette weekend. We had a fantastic time. We did an Alice in Wonderland themed escape room. I was not at all looking forward to it, but actually had a really great time. We managed to escape just in time and it’s definitely something I would do again. We also saw Aladdin. I did enjoy it (particularly the Genie) but it’s not something I’d see again.
Myself and the two other bridesmaids paid for everything for the bride and, apart from my flights and tickets to Aladdin, my share was about $350. Not too bad, considering we had a great time with lots of great food and delicious bottles of wine.
Poopsie spent a lot of October away with work, but we did spend one of our weekends gardening. Poopsie built a vertical garden out of some old pallets and we planted it out with some succulents we had in other pots. Hopefully they take off and a nice garden will form.
Over the last year or so, I have developed what appears to be an allergic reaction to red wine. This is a real shame, as I love red wine, as does Poopsie. A friend recommend I try an organic red wine but unfortunately, I still had a reaction. It’s nothing debilitating, but it’s something I’d prefer not to experience so I will be swearing off of red wine until I can find a solution. The organic wine didn’t cost too much more than a normal bottle which I was pleased about.
If anyone has any suggestions on how to get rid of this allergy, I’d really appreciate it!
Lastly, we had a couple of wedding related expenses. We got our invitations printed, ordered envelopes and booked our hotel room for the first night of our honeymoon. Due to flight times, we needed to stay one night somewhere other than where we will spend our honeymoon. Fortunately, this only came in at $121. Our invites have now been posted, so it’s definitely becoming more real. Less than two months to go!
Onto our savings rate for October:
Not very good. However, if we hadn’t paid school fees this month, we would have been around the 60% savings rate, so we’re not too disappointed.
How did you go with your savings rate in October? Share in the comments below!