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Why I’m Not Writing a Budget This Month

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On Monday, I briefly mentioned that I’m going to stop publishing two posts re: my monthly budget – specifically, the first post where I tell you what my plans are. I’ve been toying with this idea for a few months, mostly since my freelance income picked up, which began to throw my final numbers way off. I would tell you I was going to live off 52% of my income, then end up living off just 40%, and it made me feel like the original budget was redundant. But the other reason I’ve been thinking about not writing that first post is because I’ve been wanting to see how I’d do if I didn’t write a budget at all…

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Update: February 2015 Budget & Goals

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I know February is always a short month, but the last four weeks flew by especially fast. It’s hard to believe I was roaming around NYC just two weeks ago… and that the cold I caught after stole 10 days of my life. Still, I have nothing to complain about, these days. Life is good. I’m finally feeling better and getting my energy back, have been working more on a new project with a friend, and just spent the weekend in the sun with family/friends in Victoria. On top of all that, I’m really happy with last month’s numbers. Take a look.

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My Journey with Investing (So Far)

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Hi, friends! Sorry for the disappearing act. When I went to NYC, I was in full-on vacation mode: no work, no blog, no email, no nothing. It was wonderful. Unfortunately, the minute I got home, I was hit with one of the worst colds I’ve had in… I don’t even know how long. I’ve been stuck on the couch since Tuesday, and only just started to feel a bit better yesterday. But I’m here now!

Today’s post has been a long time coming. When I held those meet-ups in Vancouver and Toronto last summer, one topic that came up over and over again in our discussions was investing – and many of you asked when I’d write about it. (PS – Should we do more of those this year!? You tell me!) The truth is, back then, I still wasn’t comfortable with my investing knowledge. But as I’ve made progress in the Canadian Securities Course, read more and more blogs about it, and finally started to see my money grow, my comfort level has gone from I-don’t-know-anything to I-know-a-few-things. So, I figured it was time to tell you about my journey with investing over the last 10 years. Note that this post is crazy long. I considered dividing it into a couple posts, but I love seeing it all in one place.

Are you ready for this? Let’s start from the beginning…

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