Since I knew I was going to be gone for half of the month, I didn’t bother really trying to stick to a budget or take out cash for certain things. I figured, with me gone, my husband wouldn’t spend much.
Based on my grading scale, I give ourselves 83%, a C+
Fixed Expenses – Rent, pet rent, washer/dryer rental, internet, same every month.
Expected Expenses (Electric Bill, Cell Phones, Renter’s Insurance) – Still haven’t received another bill for renter’s insurance. Electric was $90 this month, budgeted for that. I usually get an email letting me know how much next month’s bill is going to be. It makes it really easy to budget for it!
Gas – Spent $99 of the budgeted $100!
Car Stuff – I got that $27 refund for jumping the gun on renewing registration for my old car just before it died. I also got $10 back from paying property taxes on it. Unfortunately we have property tax on the new car due in August.
Prescriptions – Spent nothing on prescriptions!
Medical Bills/Co-Payments – I budgeted $90 for co-payments but paid only $53.
Groceries – Since I knew I would be gone half the month, I budgeted only $250 for July. We spent $128 on groceries.
Dining Out – I budgeted $25 but I took my mom out to dinner one night and my husband went out to eat twice. We spent $74 in total.
Energy Drinks – I didn’t take out any cash this month for him to use. He frequented the NEX a lot but since I’m not going to review every receipt, I’m just going to assume every NEX purchase was for energy drinks and he spent $193 out of the budgeted $100.
Slush Funds, Electronics and Games – I didn’t spend any of my slush fund. We spent nothing on electronics, $60/$100 for games and hubby spent $285 out of his $100 slush fund on a night out with the boys while I was gone.
Pet Expenses – Spent $70 out of the budgeted $65. I needed to buy a new feeding/treat toy for Thor. It got to the point where he was vomiting every day because he would eat too fast. This also included new scratching pads.
Splurges & Miscellaneous Expenses – Hubby was adamant about me getting some Wisconsin cheese to send out to his cousin in California, that was $15. I also budgeted $25 for miscellaneous expenses and ended up spending $61 on some household items.
We didn’t do too bad with the budget overall. I was really hoping we could do better though. I managed to spend only $40 on my entire two week trip. I’m kind of disappointed with the 9 separate trips hubby made to the NEX while I was gone and then his two ATM withdrawals ($185) for his night out. I guess I need to go back to cash with him!
Bring it on, August!