October Budget Round-up

I haven’t really been trying to control my spending – I’ve just been tracking it for a couple of months to get a baseline of where my money goes. Now that I’m heading into lean times (4 out of the last 5 weeks, I’ve earned less than half what I normally do, which is scarier than any Halloween costume I saw today!), I’m glad I started doing this when I did.

EXPENSE                OVER/UNDER         DETAIL

Rent  (2100)                        0                  –
Utilities (250)                 + 12                Cable TV/Phone/Internet; Netflix; Cell
Medical (450)                 -283                Health insurance; Meds; Chiropractic
Groceries (150)             + 14                Supermarket, farmer’s market, etc.          
Restaurants (250)        + 25                Mostly take-out
Household (150)           + 22               Cleaning lady; household/personal products
Transportation (50)       + 43               Subway fares, train tickets, non-biz taxis
Miscellaneous (100)     + 50               Magazine, small gifts     
————————————————————————————————————
Budget variation           -121               Overbudget [for medical reasons]

OTHER
Charity:  Raised $240, Donated $240+85
Investment:  Added $2000 to Roth IRA
New Couponing habit:  $42 saved, earmarked for The Baobab Home

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3 Responses

  1. This is a bit of a random comment, but… I love how you organized your budget summary! I’ve been trying to do something similar, but it won’t work. Does WordPress allow you to make tables?

  2. Hi there-well done to you, I think keeping track just helps to see what categories are under or over. Keep up the good work!

  3. wow. smart, organized AND charitable! you’re making most of us look REALLY bad! :o)

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