I’m still mad at myself for this, but on February 4th I did the dumbest thing I’ve done in a long time: I lost my bus pass.
It must’ve fell out of my pocket on the bus, therefore I had absolutely zero chance of anyone actually turning it in. I waited a couple of days, got ridiculously upset with myself, and looked everywhere I could think of but I definitely lost it. I think the most infuriating thing about it was that I was now going to have to pay around $150 to ride the Edmonton Transit System to and from work, which is NOT worth it given its many inefficiencies. I didn’t want to give them any more of my hard earned money! But I had to get to work somehow, so I bought $68 worth of bus tickets (it was too late to buy a new monthly pass for $89). That $68 was my stupid tax, and coincidentally I had just read Cassie’s post about stupid tax on my way to work, about eight hours before I lost my pass! I’m still very upset with myself for being so careless, but I’ve learned my lesson: bus pass will ALWAYS go into my purse after I show it to the driver. Not my pocket, not my lunch bag, my (secure) purse.
The $68 I spent on tickets actually helped me save money by not being able to go anywhere after my transfer expired. I’m guessing I saved at least that much (if not more) by being restricted to a walkable radius near my apartment. I’m willing to admit it now, as it may have been a blessing in disguise.
Which leads me to my February summary and March goal. I saved 49% of my net income in February (seriously, who am I, I don’t even know anymore), and since I pay my credit cards from my first cheque in March, I’m on track to save about 50% in March as well.
I love seeing my savings grow, but I’m probably going to have to shell out for a few things in March considering that while I was walking home from work one day, I realized that my left boot was no longer waterproof. It’s actually pretty good timing considering winter boots are on sale right now, so I’m hoping to find a good deal. I also need a couple of new clothing items (mainly a black cardigan), so hopefully I can find something reasonably priced in that department. I may or may not be getting my hair did in March, because I’m now officially closer to 27 than I am to 26, so the greys are taking over in full force. The worst thing I might have to shell out for is taxes. My return last year was small, and I didn’t get my T4 on time to do anything extra on my RRSPs (maybe it’ll be in the mailbox tonight!), so I might be owing this year (yuck).
What’s the biggest stupid tax you’ve ever paid? Do you have any big goals for March?