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Taking a chance

July 31st, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I'm planning on a NSD today. In anticipation, I'm going to post how I did this month.

Item---Budget---Actual
Rent---550---550
Cell---67---66.60
Donation---50---50
Student Loan---366.04---366.04

Gas (car)---100---100
Household (including cats)---86---211 (to the vet!)
Grocery---355---391
Entertainment/Restaurant---87---87
Car Maintenance---0---0
Clothes---135---135 (bought my yearly pair of running shoes)
Personal Care---88---97.95
Gifts---25---29

Extra Income---278.24

My extra income is more than enough to cover my shortfalls in my categories, but I'm still disappointed that I can't seem to keep my grocery bill under control. I really need to work on that. Next month will be spendy. Big Kitty goes in for his teeth and I anticipate that to be at least a few hundred dollars. I'm buying pro football tickets as early Christmas gifts for a few people. I am also planning on a Mom visit in September--including going camping! I'm very excited!

4 Responses to “Taking a chance”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, I had no idea veterinary dentistry was that expensive....It sounds charming to go camping with your Mom. Smile

  2. IndianGal Says:

    Good job on sticking to the budgeted amount for the most part. Camping sounds wonderful!

  3. snafu Says:

    Have you noticed the cost of foods regularly purchased has increased significantly? Does that figure into your assessment? What food items will you need for the camping trip? Can you spread out some of those to August purchases? I keep reading that we're ignoring or throwing out nearly 1/4 of food supplies. We redoubled our effort to create 'plan-over' meals so that an initial meal reprises as something totally different the next day's lunch or dinner. For example, yesterday's steamed rice will return to the table as cold, creamy rice pudding for dessert tomorrow.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Some food prices have doubled in the last year. Some have tripled. If you haven't taken that into account, it may be why you are having troubles with that grocery budget. These days it is more important than ever to shop the sales and make a menu plan and manage your leftovers, or to buy in bulk directly from the farms if you have that option in your location.

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