June 2020: wedding stuff begins

Oh, hi, y’all. Why the hell am I even bothering to post a spending report 11 months late? No one cares about last year’s spending, and I don’t particularly care about it either.

But honestly, if I don’t finish out my 2020 spending (starting with June because that’s where I left off), I am pretty sure I’ll never get back into blogging again. More on that later (it’s one of the many posts I keep meaning to write but can’t seem to get around to doing).

So, here we are.

Wedding stuff happened

Many things in June (including the travel) were wedding-related.

In April I’d spent some money on clothes for engagement photos, and those photos happened in June! It was actually a money nerd party: Mr. Reaching for FI is obviously a money nerd given his website, and our photographer was our friend Elizabeth! Given the whole pandemic thing, we met in a random state park in PA, about a three-hour drive away for both of us so that no one would have to be spending the night away from home.

I suggest picking a place you’re familiar with for photos, and changing clothes in the forest is not going to work out well for you, but hey, we made it work! And yes, we did count the day as a hiking day. No photos of us because anonymous, but Elizabeth took some nice scenery photos, too.

Image of a butterfly on a wildflower

Also quick note that Elizabeth is studying to get her CFP, and she’s also leading small-group financial planning sessions for those who are intimidated by or can’t afford one-on-one sessions. If you have anyone who would benefit from those sessions, send them her way!

Image of a fallen tree in a forest with moss growing on it

My partner and I also drove down to NC to hang out with my parents for a week. While I was there, I made an appointment to go try on wedding dresses and brought my mom along. I’d kept one of the many, many dresses I bought back in April, but didn’t love it (but hey it was a very reasonable price!). I decided to exchange it for a dress I tried on in the store, which overall was a good move, even though the dress I ended up buying was $500 instead of $250. It’s amazing what a full-length mirror does (and trying on dresses in a place where the ceiling is high enough that you can’t put your arms up all the way).

Yes, I do have a photo of me in my dress and wearing a mask. When in a pandemic you have to get those photos!

A carpet of ferns in a forest
A fern forest is not a wedding dress, but y’all don’t get to see it because I still need to wear it to two ceremonies (long, long story that’ll be explained at some point here)

June spending

There’s not much else to say about June (and I don’t remember it now even if there was something to say), so let’s get into it.

Rent $700.00
Internet and utilities $48.94
Groceries $112.85 !! A cheap month because we weren’t home for much of it
Restaurants/bars $63.16
Gas $33.91 Did a fair amount of driving, including down to NC
Car $283.73 Got my timing belt replaced, brakes cleaned, and an alignment
Renter’s insurance $42.00 My partner and I split renters’ insurance
Barre membership $104.94
Misc dues/subscriptions $31.05 Patreon, Apple Cloud storage, etc
Vacation $14.84 I can’t wait for my partner and I to start tracking expenses jointly so we can have yet another argument over whether food eaten on vacation/not at home goes in restaurant or vacation spending! (Spoiler alert: it’s vacation spending!)
Gifts $251.43 My siblings and I bought my dad a new grill for birthday/Christmas/Father’s Day (little did I know it, but I’d end up with his old one!)
Charitable giving $85.00
Blog and related events $0.00 This zero stays in here this month—I got my FinCon refund and turned around and sent it to Sandy Smith’s Elevate conference
Wedding $562.75 New dress, cleaning kit, return (okay, exchange, because this number doesn’t include the full cost since I kept the cost of the first dress in my April spending instead of zeroing it out) of the old dress, a pair of shoes to wear with my dress, a strapless bathing suit top, and a photographer fee
Total spending: $2,334.60
Paychecks and other income $1664.15
Retirement contributions $1905.40
CC bonuses/cashback $101.87 Redeemed some cash back
Total income: $3,671.42
Total: $1,336.82
Savings rate: 36%

Not a great savings rate, but honestly that’s par for the course when wedding spending is involved 🙃

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