It’s the beginning of a new month, so time to go through the budget I posted at the beginning of the month and see how I did. For this post, you’ll get to see the amount I budgeted in black and the final amount I spent in red or green (depending on whether it’s over or under budget).
Yucky yucky debt
- Planned: $1215 plus at least $2800 at the end of the month
- Spent: $1215 plus $3500 at the end of the month
- Total: $4715 ($715 over our $4000 target- YAY!)
- Rent: $1300 $1300
- Utilities: $280 $271
- Phone: $51 $42
- Groceries: $500 $493
- Gas: $200 $149
- Daycare: $1245 $1241
- B. Cash: $500 $532
- Netflix: $11 $11
- Restaurants: $100 $96
- Pet care: $20 $42
- Clothing: $150 $81
- Sports & Entertainment: $100 $93
- Miscellaneous: $200 $193
- Hair Care/Cosmetics: $100 $59
- Her money: $100 $72
- Doctor: $50 $0
- Maid: $200 $198
- Lawn Service: $75 $74
- Thank you gift: $75 $50
- Soccer: $90 $90
Look at that, guys! After a rash of bad budget months, I think I might actually be under our planned spending for September!! This month has been great- I only ended up over on two categories. The first is vet- the dog did need a prescription refill, but said prescription refill was more expensive because his dose needed adjusting.
Second is B., who had a few unexpected expenses this month (like a new laptop keyboard) that upped his spending. I won’t give him too much grief though- he regularly stays within the $500 we budget. 🙂
And, as predicted, now that I remembered to budget money toward medical expenses, none occurred. F. was sick, but Tricare pays for everything 100% while B. is deployed so we didn’t end up incurring any expenses.
Here’s hoping October continues the trend of good spending!
Final Spending Tally (excluding debt)
- Planned: $5157
- Actual: $5087
- Percent of total income: 50%
(For those of you following along with the math, that means that we put roughly 47% of our income toward student loans this month. UGH but yay?)
Tune in tomorrow for October’s budget. How did your month go?