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June 4, 2018

Spending Update - May 2018

I'm happy to report we came in under budget for the second month in a row, even with quite a bit of expensive travel. Read on to see the details.

What We Spent in May
As I said above, we managed to stay under budget this month, but it's going to catch up to us next month when we pay for out truck insurance, which was budgeted for this month. It will all work out in the end, I hope. Here's the numbers:

Category
2018 Budget
May Budget
May Spending
Jan-May Spending
Jan-May Budget
Groceries
 $   5,500
 $ 458
 $   567
 $ 2,649
 $   2,290
Property Tax
 $   5,400
 $    -  
 $   -  
 $ 2,896
 $   2,700
Car
 $   4,000
 $ 555
 $   199
 $ 2,522
 $   1,831
Travel
 $   3,500
 $ 292
 $   -  
 $   278
 $   1,456
Bills/Utilities
 $   3,500
 $ 292
 $   271
 $ 1,905
 $   1,456
Household
 $   3,000
 $ 250
 $   86
 $   901
 $   1,250
Dining Out
 $   2,200
 $ 183
 $   583
 $ 1,684
 $   917
Home Improvement
 $   1,500
 $ 125
 $   256
 $   689
 $   625
Gifts
 $   1,500
 $ 125
 $   77
 $   389
 $   625
Entertainment
 $   1,300
 $   90
 $   218
 $   638
 $   450
Clothing
 $   1,100
 $   92
 $   84
 $   249
 $   458
Cash Withdrawals
 $   1,000
 $   83
 $   -  
 $   300
 $   417
Home Insurance
 $   700
 $    -  
 $   -  
 $   725
 $   700
Personal Care
 $   450
 $   38
 $   50
 $   220
 $   188
Healthcare
 $   400
 $   33
 $   -  
 $ 1,125
 $   167
Charity
 $   200
 $   17
 $   -  
 $   -  
 $  83
Fees
 $   150
 $   13
 $   -  
 $   147
 $  63
Total
 $ 35,400
 $ 2,645
 $ 2,390
 $ 17,317
 $ 15,675

What We Bought in May
Groceries, Gas, and Dining Out
I normally don't talk about these categories, but they were all inflated this month by our travels, especially dining out. I could categorize some of these as travel expenses, but I'm not that worried about it.

Household
We bought an additional garage door remote, a shelf for our freezer, a sweet sleeve for my key fob so I don't accidentally press buttons in my pocket, and a nifty device to let me preserve growler beer.

Home Improvement
We bought a string trimmer to clear the weeds on our lot. I bought what I hope is a nice one because our city requires us to trim the weeds every year as fire abatement. I borrowed a friend's last year, but I didn't want to do that again because it didn't work very well and I don't want to be a mooch.

Entertainment
We paid for mommy-and-me classes in the fall.

Clothing
We bought a new swimsuit and water shoes for Frugal Babe. Chrissy also got a couple garments she needed.

Personal Care
We went totally crazy in this category this month, buying bug repellent, allergy medicine, disposable diapers (for nighttime and travel), and a nice hairbrush to tame Frugal Babe's occasional rat's next.

How did you do on your budget in May? Let us know in the comments.


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