Well, I fared better than I did in December but I didn’t exactly keep my spending in check as closely as I’d wanted or even expected to.
That said, there were a few budget busters at fault for my breakdown — most notably that unplanned but definitely necessary fileserver that I purchased along with all of it’s related accessories.
The high utility bills certainly didn’t help either…
Anyway, here’s where all of the money went:
- $1850.00 : Mortgage
- $1134.51 : Business Expenses
- $335.24 : Natural Gas
- $233.67 : Electricity
- $120.00 : Cash
- $111.50 : Cable/Internet
- $66.93 : Gas
- $57.77 : Phone
- $34.20 : Clothing
- $8.00 : Car Wash
- $3.75 : Vending Machine
All together, that adds up to $3955.57.
I suppose I could pat myself on the back for keeping the sum under $4k even while dropping over a grand on the previously mentioned business expenses… but I’m not going to go that route.
I still spend far more than I *need* to.
Sure, I guess I could make the argument (to myself and with myself) that I can *afford* to spend this much, I mean, my net worth still went up, but, really, I think my true expenses (minimum payments across the board) only add up to around $2000 per month.
I routinely spend double that?!
On the success front, though, you might notice something absent in this month’s spending report — or you might not… The hockey jerseys.
Usually a staple in these reports and, more often than not, they’re in the second or third spot too. Not this month.
So far, that’s the only goal for 2010 that I’ve adhered to.
It’s still early though… ;0)