Another month down. How did you go with your spending?
We had a very expensive month- predominantly due to an unavoidable, child related $5000 expenditure. This should just be a one off, but it certainly impacted our overall spending this month.
We also finished paying for the remainder of our upcoming USA holiday. Boy, can things be pricey. The biggest cost (besides airfares which were purchased last year), has been our accommodation in New York City. We are only staying for a week, but it costs a lot!
Also this month, we spent over $200 purchasing tickets to a river dinner cruise. My grandmother is turning 80 and to celebrate, she wanted the entire family to take this cruise with her. While we love frugality and saving money, we don’t want to become cheap and so ensure we do spend money when it comes to wonderful family celebrations like this one.
Here it is, our expenses!
|Rent||1200||Standard. This is about to change. More details coming soon.|
|Internet||59.8||Definitely needed, otherwise we wouldn't be able to blog!|
|Utilities||96||Our monthly electricity charge. This is a standard charge and if we use under this, we are reimbursed. Of course, if we use over, we receive another bill.|
|Groceries||443.34||This month, we spent $344.34 on actual groceries which we were very happy about. Poopsie uses protein powder as part of his workout routine and he purchased another 5kg this month for $99. This is only purchased every three months or so. Hopefully we can continue to see our normal groceries at well under the $400 mark.|
|Car Costs||321.41||Fuel, insurance and tolls.|
|Kids (child support, school fees, etc.)||6172.85||Ouch! Some unexpected fees to the tune of almost $5000 pushed this one up. Hopefully it's a one off!|
|Other||550||I'm not revealing what this item is, as it will be covered in a coming blog post. More soon!|
|Mobile||56.76||Two mobiles, our standard charge. We are exploring some cheaper options, so will provide details if we decide to make the switch.|
|Household||109.69||Poopsie has recently taken up cheese making as a hobby. This involved the purchase of some intial supplies.|
|Miscellaneous||790||A large government related, one off fee. Ouch.|
|Eating Out||47.9||Most of this was a result of Giving Advice to my little brother.|
|Entertainment||30||I purchased a ticket to attend the ballet with my mother in September. It's rare that we have an entertainment line item in our spending.|
|Travel||2730.66||The remainder of our bookings for our upcoming trip to the USA. A lot of this was accommodation costs in New York City.|
|Gifts/Donations||263.02||This includes two (rather expensive) tickets for a river dinner cruise for my grandmother's 80th birthday. That's what she wanted to do for her party, and who are we to argue with an 80 year old!|
How did you go with your July spending?