I was going to say we had another successful month of spending well below our budget, but I don’t know if spending very little money necessarily means we are successful. We’ve been underspending all summer – maybe we aren’t having enough fun. Stupid grad school.
The Everyday Budget
INCOME: Our paychecks from our university plus
- $162.4 from Kyle’s side hustle, divided as usual
- 10%+ of our stipends to our church
- $50 to the missionary we support
- 10% of Kyle’s side hustle income
SAVINGS: Our usual amount, 17%-ish.
Internet: $39.24. This was the last month of our promotional rate with Time Warner, so our rate will be higher next month – but we’re also moving partway through the month. We’ll switch the internet from my name into Kyle’s and hopefully get another promotional rate.
Cell phones: Kyle’s usual $69.86; due to credits to my Republic Wireless account, we didn’t pay anything for my cell this month!
Groceries: We came in WAY under budget this month! Who the heck knows why. But this means that the amount we didn’t spend, $56.73, can go toward buying a bunch of high-quality meat! We are putting the money into our CSA savings account for the time being, and after we move we will stock up our freezer from a local farm.
Gas: We filled up more times than usual this month but still came in way under budget. I really need to convince Kyle to lower this cap by at least $20!
Restaurants: We went out to Applebee’s on a date night early in the month but used a gift card so we only paid $3 out of pocket. Kyle went out to lunch with some friends from church one Sunday and I went out to dinner with my sister when we visited my parents.
Electricity and Gas: Over this month, for once! Probably the peak of A/C usage or something.
Water: Same old, same old! Except Kyle paid two water bills this month so I had to pull the later charge forward into September (when the bill was due).
Every month we have a few transactions that do not fall under either our budget or our targeted savings.
- We spent $2.42 on a new belt for our vacuum cleaner.
- We spent $2.78 on a card and $0.92 to mail it.
- We redeemed $47.01 of credit card rewards.
Spending Out of Targeted Savings
Another month of low spending out of these accounts!
Travel and Personal Gifts
We drove up to northern Virginia to see my parents for a quick weekend and spent $58.93 on gas.
This account received the $56.73 that was left over from our grocery budget.
We had a bit of a weird situation with our car this week. The A/C has been out for months and we finally got around to getting it charged. (Just in time for the end of summer. Makes sense, right?) Anyway, we took it to a place that always tries to upsell us, determined to not give in. They told us that after evaluating the car, they couldn’t charge the A/C because there were other more pressing problems. So we walked away with a $126.51 bill for a diagnosis and an oil change and we were super mad about it. But then the A/C has been working… So we’re confused.
We spent $10.72 on new golf balls and $10.00 on renting golf balls at a driving range in preparation for Kyle attending a golfing bachelor party. (I talked him out of buying used clubs and into borrowing them from a friend.) The part of the bachelor party that Kyle paid for was $50.
We also bought tickets for my family to visit Mt. Vernon, which they paid us back for but we ate the online transaction fee of $2.
I spent $84.28 on two shirts and a pair of jeans – all between 25 and 40% off. J The shirts are a little fancier material than what I normally wear so I might avoid wearing them to work.
I filled a prescription for $10.
We spent $49.55 on a new modem (after some gift cards) because of TWC raising the rental rates.
no spending this month
no spending this month
We transferred in $37.35 for Kyle’s side hustle.
This account received the discretionary portion of Kyle’s side hustle income, $72.03.
Next month will be a month of transitions with our move so we will have to redo our budget for October with our new lower rent. I also redid my withholdings when my pay was switched to non-comp so my net pay might change a bit.
We had $174.42 left over at the end of this month! Woohoo! It’s going into our Camera savings account – our biggest contribution yet! And that’s after sending the leftover grocery money to our CSA account.
Have you been over or under budget this summer, generally? Are you anticipating any budget adjustments?