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March Recap

March 21st, 2017 at 05:10 pm

This was the last day in my pay cycle, so March is done, financially speaking. Here is the breakdown:

Housing: $695
Taxes: $449
Fees/Services: $229
Groceries: $176
Eating Out: $128
Household Supplies: $63
Medical/Health: $55
Phone: $52
Gas: $39
Entertainment: $33
Vet/Pet Supplies: $30
Vacation/Travel: $28
Laundry: $12
Furnishings/Equipment/Decor: $3
Fares/Parking: $1

Grand Total: $2186

I went 12% over on the variables budget. I'll try to make that up this coming month.

There were several driving factors this month. I spent a lot on groceries because I hosted a dinner -- and I did some stocking up. Eating out was high because I did more socializing this month than usual, and I also took my grandsons out three times. They are turning into growing boys with appetites.

I couldn't really help that my ancestry.com subscription and my I-Pass renewed at the same time.

Generally, entertainment is a really cheap category for me, but I saw three movies this month -- and at one of them I treated a friend.

And of course, I had taxes to pay. Could have waited till April, but I wanted to get it over with.

Today's spending was $6 to see "Beauty and the Beast," which was amazing! Such artistry.

I skipped the gym, saving my one clean pair of workout pants for tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow will be a busy day. I'm going downtown at dinnertime (riding the El) for a professional group meeting. Before that, I will go to the gym and go to the grocery. I will only get ten items, since that's all I can carry upstairs, so I'm going to peruse my list and choose the most important. I'm sure another grocery trip will be on the docket on Thursday.

I also want to get at least one load of laundry done. All my bins are pretty full.

As usual, it feels pretty good to know that pay day is imminent!

3 Responses to “March Recap”

  1. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    I sometimes hate the COL in my area. I paid $13 to see Beauty and the Beast last weekend. Even at matinee time, it's $11.

    I think you did great to only go over 12% considering everything you had going on this month!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Debt-free--are there any cheap nights in your area? My daughter and I take advantage of $5 Tuesdays and $5 Student/Faculty Thursdays.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I went to the theater on discount day -- usually it's more costly, but not $11 for a matinee! (That said, I did pay about $11 for a matinee in a neighboring suburb a while ago.)

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