A recap of the last two months and a look at my income and expenses.
Fear not, dear reader. I’m not done just yet. Two months sure fly by though, huh.
It’s amazing how difficult it can be to get back into a habit. I haven’t posted here in two months, and the longer I left it, the harder it was to get back into the correct frame of mind to write something. I made the time to write this update though, and hopefully that will get me back on track and posting more regularly.
|Matched Betting||– £29.20||– £20.47|
After a good September, my matched betting endeavours have been pretty poor since. I’ve been focusing mostly on each-way betting, rather than traditional matched betting, and luck hasn’t been on my side recently. I think I’m going to give it a rest during December (there isn’t much horse racing anyway) and resume in the new year. The big £1000 boost under “Misc” is courtesy of a wedding gift from my parents. Ms FIRE and I aren’t married just yet, but I think my parents decided it made more sense to give us the money now, whilst we’re paying for various wedding-related expenses, rather than after. Otherwise, everything else is pretty much the same as usual.
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Rather than break down the spending for both October and November, I’ve just added everything together. I’m not suddenly spending £1500 on rent per month!
My savings rate for the last two months has been a respectable 29.4%, raising my average for the year to 21.6%. Hopefully I can maintain this for December and attain a savings rate of at least 20% for the year.
One of my goals for the next five years was to read at least one book a month. To help keep myself accountable, I’ve decided to track my progress here in these monthly reports. I finished several books in the last two months:
First of all was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It was a pretty good read, and very different from its cousin, 1984 by George Orwell. I then read Angel Mage by Garth Nix. I was/am a huge Garth Nix fan when I was younger, really enjoying the Abhorsen trilogy and his Keys to the Kingdom series. I reread the trilogy in the last year or two along with two new entries to the series (making it a pentalogy?) and it still held up, so I was very excited when I heard that he was releasing another adult book (a number of his books are children’s books, which are fine, but obviously not aimed at me and are nowhere near as good as the Abhorsen series). Angel Mage is a stand alone title (for now) and is pretty enjoyable. It’s set in a world that very much resembles 17th century Europe, and is (in his own words) heavily inspired by The Three Musketeers, with the addition of an angel-based magic system. Very creative! Recommended if you like fantasy.
I also got back into Joe Abercrombie again. I finished reading The Heroes, which was really good, and am now reading Red Country. I’m about a third of the way through and it’s great so far. I was a little Abercrombied-out when I finished reading Best Served Cold immediately after ploughing through The First Law trilogy, but I’m glad I returned to him.
As ever, December is going to be a busy month. Attending a friend’s wedding one weekend, another friend’s Christmas party another weekend, not to mention visiting my parents for Christmas itself! And I still need to finish shopping for presents for the family…
Over to you
That’s all for this month. I hope you had a good month, and thanks for reading!