Spending – December, 2016

I have to admit, I’m kind of embarrassed to share my December spending. It ended up being a very UN-frugal month. *SIGH* I spent a total of $4,118 in December. My paychecks totaled $2,529 and I had a $224 FSA reimbursement (between November and December expenses). Some of my expenses were right in-line with where I usually expect them: Rent, …

Spending – November 2016

2017 has already begun, and yet here I am, just getting around to posting my November 2016 spending. Honestly, I thought about skipping it, and just cutting to December. But then, I wouldn’t have a very good snapshot of 2016 if I left an entire month out. Especially not a month where spending was on the higher side: I spent …

Spending – October 2016

As far as spending goes, October was a boring, boring month: All told, I spent $1,098 while bringing home $2,022. That equals out to 54% of my take-home pay. There really isn’t much to mention this month; Most of our spending was pretty normal. I bought an e-book on Amazon (Entertainment – $10). I bought some small paint samples for …

Spending – September 2016

  Well, it’s time to come clean on my spending in September. And was there ever a lot of spending! I have a lot of feelings about my spending during the month of September that I’m still trying to work through. On paper, it doesn’t look too encouraging: I spent $2,445 while bringing home $2,529. Which means I spent 96% …

Spending – August 2016

Well, it’s only half way through September, and I’m finally getting my spending update together for August. Finally! There’s really nothing too surprising about August’s spending. Yes, I spent a lot on vacation. Most of this was for food (lots of dinners out)and beverages (did we really drink THAT much?!?!). But I’m happy with that amount; I’d planned for $150/day, …

Spending – July 2016

As July was a pretty fabulous month Net Worth wise, it should come as no surprise that it was a fairly uneventful month for spending as well: I spent a total of $1,255 in July, while bringing home a total of $2,624. There isn’t really anything too out of the ordinary this month. I spent a lot more than I probably …

Spending – June 2016

Going into June, I was expecting it to be an inexpensive month. Or, at the very least, a fairly “normal” month. After all, I had already paid June’s rent and Netflix as part of May. That would almost make it a wash with my 6 month car insurance premium, and annual renter’s insurance. Right? I spent $2,936 in June. Which compared …

One Year Spending Recap

In June of 2015, I officially started tracking my spending. I know, I know, most financial planners say that’s the first thing you should start doing when you’re trying to get your financial house in order. But it isn’t like I was spending without a plan: I had a budget! Each week, my paycheck was split into three different accounts: An expenses …

Spending – May 2016

I was super excited to calculate May’s Spending Update. Why? Because it’s my first month without a car payment! And WOW did that ever make a difference: All said and done, I spent $1,728 in May. Which is about $359 higher than it should have been: Because of the Holiday, Netflix took my June payment early, and Bryan cashed my rent …

Spending – April 2016

April was another interesting month as far as spending went: All told, I spent $4,538 while earning $2,624. Of course, I pulled nearly $3,000 out of my emergency fund to pay off the remainder of the car loan, so that number isn’t nearly as bad as it seems. Being debt free means my spending updates should look very different from …