Wow my long absences from writing must mean that I'm super disorganized and a huge procrastinator. I'm being sarcastic, I am very much both of those things. BUT I have finally pulled together my income and expenses for the months of September, October, and November.
Writing this blog has not only been a creative outlet for me, it's also a way for me to really look at my spending and habits. I did not do as well these past three months as I could have. I spent $500(!?) on groceries somehow in September. Well actually I know how, it's because I went to Costco and I was probably hungry. Bulk does not always save you money, people! And I really overdid it with going out to eat. Like I said in this previous post, I can really get excited about food (hence the page titled only "Eating").
I had to get a new phone and phone case in September because the calling feature on the one I had quit working. I also must have gone out a couple times as shown by the ATM usage in September, and it was my SO's birthday that month so I figured I'd be spending more. Personal care was higher in October and November due to haircuts and a massage, and you can see I spent money on clothing/shoes. I bought some sweet rain boots from a place called Alice & Whittles and they're awesome and I don't regret a thing (their manufacturer practices are solid and sustainable and the boots look hella cool).
At the bottom of the table shows the total amount spent, earned, and saved per month. What I didn't spend, I put into savings (I always transfer money into savings first and spend what's left). Most of it went into my emergency fund, but I have many sinking funds that I contribute to like holidays/gifts and a vacation fund. So while I will eventually spend that money, it's not part of my monthly expenses.
I really want to work on keeping my spending under $1600 per month. I think it's very doable but I need to keep myself in check, and hopefully coming back here every so often will help me do that.