Here is a breakdown of my expenses for August.
My goal for August was to get our expenses under $2000 and we met that goal. My stretch goal was to get our expenses under $1750 and we would have made that if not for a car repair. Our car has over 200,000 miles so spending money on repairs/maintenance is an expectation rather than a surprise at this point. My goal for September will again be $2000 since we might do some traveling. If we end up not traveling then the goal will be $1750.
Our entertainment bill will be higher in September due to a planned birthday and the possible traveling. The cable and phone bill will be about the same; I’d like to reduce both of those bills but that won’t happen this month.
All other bills should be lower. We had to buy some miscellaneous household stuff in August and shouldn’t have to this month making the household expense smaller. Transportation was still higher than I would like with over $200 spent on gas and $179 to replace the spark plugs and spark plug wires. Transportation expense should be smaller this month unless another repair pops up or we do some traveling. My goal for our food expense is $300 a month and we went quite a bit over that this month. Our pantry is well stocked now so we should be able to spend less on food this month. There shouldn’t be any doctor’s visits this month so the medical expense will go down as well.
Our expenses are fairly low but being a tight-fisted miser I think there is still quite a bit of room for improvement.