All this talk about luckiness, pots of gold and fresh starts with the coming new season has me thinking about what makes me feel lucky now and also about my goals and dreams for the future.
In an effort to get to a point where I am debt-free, my friend Isra Hashmi suggested that it is imperative to know your debt number — that is, how much money you owe. I know my number, and have been thinking about how much I want to save up and other financial goals. I don’t currently have an emergency fund — do you?
- Save $5,000 for my emergency fund
- Build up my RRSPs to $10,000
- Pay off my student loans
- Save $5,000 for relocation — I don’t plan on living in Vancouver forever, so I do want to have money for moving expenses
- Have $1,000 in my dental fund
- Have $2,000 in my vacation fund
And now, for a bit of fun:
Okay, so — if I found a pot of gold from a leprechaun, what would I buy? I don’t know how much gold (or Canadian dollar’s worth of gold) a pot contains, so I’ll just say about $5,000. There are actually a few things that I both need and want, so this is a fun list for me to make.
- A set of salt and pepper grinders with an acrylic stand. I don’t have a salt and pepper grinder, but used the ones I did have everyday for years. I like that this set has a handle, so that it can be carried to the dining table easily, and the salt and pepper bits don’t get everywhere. These guys are not too expensive — about $60
- A wide-based blender. There are a few different brands that I am considering. I would mostly be using a blender for making smoothies and soup. I would say that I could get one for my needs for around $100.
- Burr coffee grinder. I need a coffee grinder that would work for an espresso machine. These typically cost between $120-$150.
- Espresso machine — I have a few in mind, but think that I could get a decent one for about $200-$250.
- MacBook Pro 13″ laptop. My MacBook is ancient, and I can no longer upgrade to the latest OS or run things like iPhoto/iTunes while doing other things. I would like to be able to use programs like Final Cut (for video editing) and Photoshop (for photo editing), which are pretty processor-intensive programs.
- To go along with my Canon DSLR body, I would love to have a wide angle lens, tripod and new camera strap. I have a photo booth, so with the rest, I’d be on my way to having professional equipment for my blogging career.
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