August Money Diary: Diabetes and #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner



August was a relaxing month. A breeze arrives every day from the ocean, making the temperature ‘just right’ in a Goldilocks sort of way. Los Angeles is a city where everything feels moderated. The highs are never too high, the lows never too low. 

We worry about getting too comfortable. To compensate, we put in a lot of hours into our day jobs and this blog. Having a purpose is precious.

On the financial side, we’ve learned that the best things in life are indeed free (or fairly cheap anyway) because we managed to stay well under our monthly budget. There were frequent trips to the beach, $6 movie dates at the theater, and lazy sunset walks to our neighborhood taco truck (#tacotruckoneverycorner). 

An unconscionable amount of ice cream was consumed in August. Seven pints of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey and Häagen-Dazs Rocky Road adds up to just under a gallon of ice cream. And we’re not counting the two Costco boxes of Popsicles that we also made disappear. 

Must cut back in September. Or else diabetes. 

Expense Breakdown

1. Rent and Bills ($1,776.75)
$50 buys us 15 trips to the Culver City Plunge outdoor pool, which Ivan uses to cross-train for his upcoming marathon. All else being equal, we prefer the pay-as-you-go method to monthly memberships.

2. Eating Out & Entertainment ($250.70)
We tried Ethiopian food and coffee for the first time at Buna Ethiopian Restaurant and Market ($38.50) and it was awesome. Eating with our hands is our new favorite thing. Did you know that the Ethiopians invented coffee? 

3. Groceries ($312.13)
Nothing new here. Routine trips to Costco and Trader Joe’s. 

4. Savings, Education, and Investments ($136.04)
We paid an annual fee on a credit card ($95). We’re hardcore when it comes to travel hacking. At the beginning of this year, we used our airline points to purchase 6 round trip tickets to Taiwan and Vietnam for Jennie and her family. It cost us a total of $1500.
5. Miscellaneous ($154.88)
We ate all the ice cream on the planet.