This month sucked and it’s my own fault. I didn’t have any big emergency or unexpected expenses, I was just an idiot. This month was the first month of moving out and in my own place again and while I came out ahead it could of been a lot better. The goals this month were to put some money back which I accomplished but it could of been over $800 instead of only $540 and this is where I just feel really bad about it. So my March spending and left over looks like this:
Total bring home Income – $2,162
Total spent – $1,622
Total leftover – $540
The $540 has to last me until the 10th and I have a couple bills due which should total about $75, so we’ll call the leftovers for March $465 which still is better than nothing. A couple things I’ve done to decrease my monthly bills include moving to the $60 a year for XBox Live, I cancelled Hulu and Netflix and instead went with Amazon Student Prime for the streaming video and free two day shipping. I’m also going to try and cut down on the grocery bill by getting as much stuff as possible that I cook myself instead of boxed dinner. I think for the first month or so of trying this it might be a little over my budget while I get what I need but over the next few months it should even out. The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is homemade bread, I absolutely love the smell of bread and working from home I’ll typically just eat a sandwich for lunch since it’s simple and allows me to make better use of that hour.
An event coming up that may hinder the savings plan is my birthday is in May and one half of my family always goes camping Memorial Day weekend so going to being saving some extra for that trip. My girlfriend, her son and myself are going to be renting a small cabin for $45 a night so not to bad for 3 nights and then the days will be spent with family. I’m really looking forward to it but still am in the mindset that I hate spending money and don’t want to. I’m ready for a vacation though and it’ll be nice to cut loose a little bit.