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August 9, 2018

Spending Update - July 2018

I'm happy to report we finally had another month where we came in well under budget. Read on to see the details.

What We Spent in July
Despite blowing our home improvement budget this month, we made up for it in other categories. We did really well in the car category since we didn't have to pay for the Miata's insurance. That's enough verbiage; here's the numbers:

Category
2018 Budget
July Budget
July Spending

Jan-Jul Spending
Jan-Jul Budget
Groceries
 $   5,500
 $     458
 $        427

 $     3,814
 $    3,206
Property Tax
 $   5,400
 $         -  
 $            -  

 $     2,896
 $    2,700
Car
 $   4,000
 $     369
 $        138

 $     3,487
 $    2,369
Travel
 $   3,500
 $     292
 $            -  

 $        278
 $    2,040
Bills/Utilities
 $   3,500
 $     292
 $        372

 $     2,606
 $    2,040
Household
 $   3,000
 $     250
 $        129

 $     1,085
 $    1,750
Dining Out
 $   2,200
 $     183
 $        208

 $     2,155
 $    1,283
Home Improvement
 $   1,500
 $     125
 $        323

 $     1,210
 $        875
Gifts
 $   1,500
 $     125
 $           44

 $        443
 $        875
Entertainment
 $   1,300
 $        90
 $           51

 $        795
 $        630
Clothing
 $   1,100
 $        92
 $           43

 $        324
 $        642
Cash Withdrawals
 $   1,000
 $        83
 $            -  

 $        300
 $        583
Home Insurance
 $   700
 $         -  
 $            -  

 $        725
 $        700
Personal Care
 $   450
 $        38
 $        122

 $        368
 $        263
Healthcare
 $   400
 $        33
 $           38

 $     1,163
 $        233
Charity
 $   200
 $        17
 $           32

 $           32
 $        117
Fees
 $   150
 $        13
 $            -  

 $        147
 $          88
Total
 $ 35,400
 $  2,459
 $     1,927

 $  21,828
 $  20,393


What We Bought in July
Household
We bought my favorite item last month, disposable diapers. Hopefully this batch will get us though potty training. We also got some acrylic paint and a new water bottle for Chrissy.

Home Improvement
This was a rough category this month. I bought a bunch of supplies to finally wire up our hot tub. Fortunately, I think I'll be returning some stuff, so we will get some of this money back soon.

Clothing
We bought some new clothes for Frugal Babe, including Anna's dress from Frozen, some hot weather PJs, and a super cute flamingo romper.

Personal Care
Chrissy splurged on her biennial haircut last month. That expense could almost go in the charity category because she donates her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. She also bought some various beauty products.

Healthcare
Frugal Babe broke her latest pair of glasses, so we ordered an identical pair.

Did you stay under budget in July? Let us know in the comments.



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