This year, I embarked on a Shopping Ban and allowed myself 3 exceptions. To read more about my shopping ban, please refer to this post, and this post. I will write a separate post on my first month of shopping ban, but for now, let’s move on to my spending re-cap.
This month was under my $1,000 budget (but over my actual budget)! For some reason, this weekend, I thought I had $6 left in my budget to carry me through, and BF and I resorted to frugal habits, such as walking to a house party and back instead of taking a cab. Now I get my $25 reward for thrift shopping 🙂
Update: As you can see in the chart below, I am actually over budget, but I meant that I was under my $1,000 monthly budget. I’ve changed the text accordingly, so it’s clear.
Here’s where the money went:
On or under budget
Transportation: This could have been a bit lower (in fact, $18.62 lower), but I returned a rental car for work late and had to eat the cost. Traffic in the City is sure expensive. Drats!
Eating Out: This is such a weakness for me, but at least I’m getting closer to my budget.
Toiletries/Grooming: Got my eyebrows done since I’m not sure when my next opportunity will be.
Entertainment and Recreation: I paid for my volleyball league fee’s and went on an unexpected cottage weekend trip.
Here is my net worth:
Overall, I am very pleased with this month’s outcome. I went over budget but came under my $1,000 monthly budget goal and I was able to stick to my shopping ban! I like short months :). I’ve crunched the numbers, and I think I can come really close to a net worth of $100,000 by the end of this year. Eeeek! I’m so excited!
I’ve done my preliminary taxes (by hand, of course), and will be checking them against my electronic file. I hope to be getting a return of about $1,500. Not sure how I’m going to divvy up my little pot of gold, yet.
March is going to be an over $1,000 budget month. BF and I have been discussing a little winter ski trip (more on that later), and I will be going skiing with my company for a day (need rentals and pay back co-workers for gas). I also need to pay up another set of vball league fee’s. Will post a March budget soon.
How was your spending in February? Did you meet your budget and goals?