It’s now June 4th – and I am just getting a moment to post up my monthly expense report from APRIL! A little bit of life and work taking up my time, a dash of laziness, and mostly a heap of exhaustion. But for posterity – here it goes!
A three paycheck month, a big spending month, a look back at my spending for March: time for a fresh Monthly Expense Report! 🙂
I can’t say I did very well this month keeping expenses inline; so somehow I turned what should have been an amazing saving period with three paychecks into a consuming extravaganza! Let’s get a quick review of the numbers and then dive into a few details.
February was a bit of an odd month. The month is already shorter than most. I topped that with numerous appointments (planned and unplanned) that chopped down my time at work so much it felt like a vacation. So on one hand; great! a surprise vacation; on the other hand, so many projects piling up!
Hoorah! Welcome to our 13th monthly expense report! That means a new year of fun new expenses, and surprises around behind every door. It’s usually right around this time I review recurring expenses, like phone, internet and insurance. Have not done so yet, but definitely in the next few weeks.
At least one more vacation photo to share after this one. The above is from arguably my favorite day of the trip. Where are we? What did we do? How did we do it? (Hint: the odd “soil” should giveaway a nearby attraction.)
Continuing the vacation photos. It helps that I enjoy looking at them and remembering that great trip! It’s almost lining up perfectly that by the time this household is ready to be FI, that we will be planning our next major vacation. Almost as if, we could leave our jobs (and maybe our house) behind for more than a few weeks. Maybe a few months of nomad style!
That’s no money tree. Nope, that squat white birch is a resilient resident of the slopes surrounding one of the world’s most active volcanoes… and I got to meet it! October was a wild month, primarily spending time overseas in distant lands being amazed, tired, and a bit out of place. And I finally have some decent pictures of my own to share on the site! 🙂
I am writing this post post-the-usual-time-frame. It’s been busy weeks and months, but can’t fall off the updates before the 1-year mark! It will be short and sweet this go around.
The nights are beginning to get chilly, so adios Summer and ciao Fall! Autumn is probably my favorite time of the year, packed with lots of birthdays, holidays and what I consider perfect weather. And for us this year a few short vacations and one big international one in a few weeks. Exciting time of year!
And July is when all of that early year discipline finally comes crashing back down. Throw logic out the window and give into those societal pressures. What you will be wading through below is ugly and a disgrace for someone looking to achieve financial freedom. But, that is the point of these posts, to keep me aware of my spending.
Ooh boy, what a long month June was and since I am writing this so late into July, I know the craziness has carried over. But, it’s really hot outside, so what better time to catch up on my monies? June was a good month. Getting some paychecks rolling in is great, and I even shoved some money into my IRA. For now let’s focus on spending in June, which finished 16 days ago… oops!
Finally some changes happening in my monthly expenses. Of course, this is not the place to read about all that jazz, so expect some more details to leak out via other posts. Being off of work for 2+ weeks has meant a little less time spent tracking spending and updating my spreadsheets. But, I think I have got everything all squared away now. Exploring financial frontiers over here.
Oops! I was so proud last time for getting the monthly expense report update out in a timely manner. But life kind of got in the way this time and I am now reporting mid-month. Lots of great things happening though, so I am not too sad for how late this is coming. So let’s get on with it, time is not waiting around.
I didn’t start really tracking and budgeting until sometime in early 2015. I always had a general sense of how much money I possessed at any time, but setting up my first adult budget is what got me thinking and eventually leading me to the FIRE path.
This evening on our third installment of what did I spend last month and how big is my stash: We have some very exciting news coming in from the net worth department, but first let’s hear from the March monthly expense report numbers!
Quite a bit different for this monthly expense report compared to the last, but two good months in a row. Let’s dig into the numbers first and then follow up with a brief discussion. Just like last month this is only my spending and no one else in the household. Current target is under $1800 per month.
I wanted to get this January update out before the middle of February rolled around, so I wouldn’t miss the beginning of the calendar year. What you will find below is my complete monthly expense report which I sorted from biggest to smallest, counting every cent spent. Well, maybe not exactly every cent as I did round to the nearest multiple of $5 for readability.