Was it just me, or did March absolutely fly by? I was so busy and it seemed like I was out and about every weekend, which I think helped the time fly by. I’m looking forward to April – sorta. I’m really looking forward to getting outside more as the weather (hopefully) gets better, but I’m dreading spending money on getting my car serviced and a few extra things. My goal for April is not to spend a cent on clothes or fast food. I’m really trying to cut my variable spending and save up for a spa day with my best friend in June to celebrate her birthday. I’ve never done a spa day, and the spa package she picked out includes: an hour massage (never had one of those), whirlpool treatment, a facial (never had one of those), manicure (never had one of those – I’m going to have to quit biting my nails), a pedicure (have had a couple of those) and a lunch. The total, before tip and tax, is $325. I wouldn’t normally spend that kind of money on girly stuff like a spa trip, but it’s for my oldest and dearest friend, so I will go and be pampered 😉
Remember I said my goal for March was to having my spending come in under $1000 dollars? I was so close. My total spending for March = $1029.06. I was off by $20.06. Damn – so close. Maybe I’ll be able to do it for April. Here’s the breakdown on my spending:
Car Costs $637.06
- Insurance – $143.58
- Payment – $276.76
- Fuel – $216.72 – I filled my car up on the 31st, I suppose I could have waited and filled up on the first of April and rolled that into the April budget, but I didn’t want to chance gas prices going up – which they did. My gas bill has increased by about $35 due to gas prices. Maybe it’s time I put those geology classes to use and start looking for an oil deposit – hillbilly style.
Cell Phone $35.29
Gift $121.87 (my Mum’s birthday and flowers for my cousin’s grandma)
Pharmacy $5.07 (Lip balm)
Clothes $112.99 (my moose moccasins – I love love love my mocs. I think I’ve found my shoe soul mate)
Uncategorized $21. 13 (raffle tickets and binder dividers)
Overall, I’m okay with my March spending. I came really close to my goal of a month under $1000 in expenses. Now for my April budget:
|Budget Item||Monthly Budgeted Amount|
|Auto Insurance||$ 150.00|
|Auto Payment||$ 304.00|
|Gas & Fuel||$ 175.00|
|Service & Parts||$ 225.00|
|Fast Food||$ –|
|Mobile Phone||$ 38.00|
|Personal Care||$ 20.00|
I thought about adjusting my gas spending – but I’m really going to watch my driving and see if I can keep it around $175, despite the gas prices. I was also thinking about getting my hair dyed, but that would turn a $50 haircut into a $100 one, so I think I’ll just make do with my natural dirty-blonde colour. This month I’m also going to crunch the numbers and try and come up with a realistic budget that includes a mortgage and other housing costs. I’m getting itchy to get a place of my own, so don’t be surprised if there’s a housing-theme in my posts this months.
How did you do last month? Any big changes for April? Any exciting plans?