September saw us still enjoying our trip for about ten days. With three weeks back in Australia, our expenses should have been a little bit lower than usual… right?
To be honest, they weren’t too bad. Before we left for our trip, we ate down our pantry and our fridge. As a result, when we got back we did do a big stock up but thankfully still managed to keep our groceries at under $400 a month. It is our goal to come under $400 each month, so it’s always pleasing when we do.
We also made some purchases for the new home, the most expensive of which was a new mirrored cabinet for our bathroom. We love it, but it was a bit pricey. We also (finally) sold Poopsie’s car, so had to get a safety certificate for that. Now that we can cancel his insurance, car costs should be a little lower from now on.
Travel of course, was quite high due to those ten days overseas. However, we also spent $560 on tickets to Launceston for a wedding in December, and I also booked tickets to fly to Townsville to meet my newborn nephew.
So here we are, our September expenses:
|Groceries||$389.61||True, we didn't spend the entire month in Australia, but we did eat out our fridge and pantry before we left. On our return, we had to do a big restock, so all in all, I am very happy with this amount!|
|Car Costs||$225.94||We finally sold Poopsie's car, so this includes the final safety certifcate for that. We can now cancel his insurance, so this should start to be a bit lower from now on.|
|Kids (child support, school fees, etc.)||$1,235.74||Child Support has gone up slightly.|
|Mobile||$131.47||Poopsie has settled on a new mobile company. It will usually be $18 a month, but there was a requirement to pay a few months up front, which is why this amount is so high. Obviously, we won't pay his mobile for the next couple of months, so it will even out in the end. We are trialling him with this company and if he is happy, I too will make the switch. He will also write a review of it, so keep an eye out!|
|Household||$672.70||Our bathroom in the new house had very poor storage. We purchased a mirrored cabinet and a couple of other items from Ikea, for about $500 total. We also bought a few fixings, taking advantage of the Masters closing down sale. Also purchased- a Popcorn Maker. No regrets there!|
|Miscellaneous||$76.00||This was mainly a work related bill for me. It was a one off and should not appear again.|
|Mortgage Interest||$1,006.30||We expected this to be about double from last month. We have set the goal of this being the only time our mortgage interest is over $1000.|
|Travel||$2,923.29||Most of this was the final 10 days of our USA Trip. However, we also purchased flights to Launcestion for a wedding in December which cost $560. I also purchased flights to Townsville in October to meet my new nephew.|
|Gifts/Donations||$20.00||A present for my second grandparent to turn 80 this year.|
How did your spending go this month?