Spending Report for March 2009

March 29th, 2009 | 5:10 pm | Posted in Finance, Spending Report | 9 Comments »

For some reason, I'm really into alligators lately...Last month I followed Debt Destroyer‘s lead and listed out all of my monthly expenses.

I found it to be a pretty good exercise and it opened my eyes to a few holes that I still have in the my grand scheme to reach my financial goals so I’m going to do it again.

Now, it may not quite be the end of March just yet but I don’t have any expenses looming in the next couple of days so these numbers will be accurate.

I should also say that after last month’s $4133 total, I said that I’d try to keep my expenses under $2500 this month.

That didn’t happen.

I’m not sure what I was thinking, actually…

Here’s what I spent my money on in March:

  • $1575.00 : Mortgage
  • $905.00 : Hockey Jerseys
  • $460.00 : Federal Tax
  • $305.01 : Business Expenses
  • $250.98 : Natural Gas
  • $135.87 : Electricity
  • $109.26 : Cable/Internet
  • $80.00 : Cash
  • $68.81 : Gas
  • $53.33 : Phone
  • $26.48 : Baby Stuff
  • $1.87 : Finance Charges (I’ll have something to say about this at a later date…)

That adds up to $3971.61.

An improvement over last month, yes, but certainly not something to be proud of.

I’m genuinely embarrassed by the hockey jersey expenditures. I can’t adequately justify it except to say that the last two months have been my last hurrah when it comes to this hobby of mine.

Once the big day arrives, I won’t be nearly as active in the hobby. Of that, I’m sure.

And if you’re keeping track at home, and I sincerely hope that you’re not, you might have noticed that my utility bills have started to fall… By next month, they’ll drop by another 50% or so. I love summer.

And you know, I think that $2500 limit is do-able for April.

I’m gonna try it.

Again.

9 Responses to “Spending Report for March 2009”

  1. You and DD will get me to list my expenses for a month very soon. I am interested to compare and to see the holes, since we have generally been on auto pilot since after our emergency fund was established.

    I probably won’t have any hockey jersey or pearl jam type stuff in there, but I will what I can dig up!

    BTW, Brainy, we both have our two year site anniversary coming soon. Congrats.

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  3. Brainy Smurf Says:

    Thanks Rock! Nearly two years — and still no one reads my blog… ;)

    I kid, I kid — thanks for sticking with me!

    Yeah — I totally thought DD’s expense reports were a silly exercise until I did it myself. It’s another neat benchmark in addition to all of the net worth updates out there to see where you stand and how to improve your own situation.

    From copying his post, I think I’m on to something now and it can only help me get where I’m trying to get faster…

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