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End of the month report

March 1st, 2007 at 01:44 am

It's pay day!

I made some good progress on my credit card debt. I sent in $1039, which almost pays off all the home improvements I charged last month. I was able to do this because I really cut down in other areas. I spent nothing this month on home improvements, clothing, car repair/maintenance, entertainment or snacks. Groceries went from $174 to $111, gifts from $130 to $75, eating out from $69 to $27, gas from $50 to $21, household supplies from $37 to $9, personal from $20 to $7. Last month I spent $254 on furnishings/equipment -- this month it was $41. Overall I spent more than a thousand less. Areas where I DID spend more were medical/health (new sunglasses), vacation/travel (airline ticket I will use in a couple of weeks), pet supplies (stocked up at PetSmart), and garbage pickup (I pay quarterly).

I'm very pleased. I hope to do the same next month!

My Aldi (which I thought was closed) has remodeled and reopened. I got a couple of coupons in the mail -- one for $10 off a $40 purchase, and one for $5 off a $30 purchase. They expire at the end of March. I figure I can feed myself on $70 worth of Aldi food this month, and spend $55. I'm certainly going to try, anyway.

I talked to my cousin who will be my house-mate after I make the move down South -- she has been working on her budget and told me she's been spending $600 on food -- which she thought was high. Uh, yeah! I've got a lot to teach her!

2 Responses to “End of the month report”

  1. nance Says:

    Six hundred a MONTH on food? For one person? Does she eat steak and lobster a lot?

  2. Carolina Bound Says:

    Well, part of the problem was that she was down with a broken leg this summer and gave her credit card to relatives who shopped for her. No one was inventorying the food and she got seriously overstocked with convenience food. She also splurges on luxury items and wastes a lot. If she will allow me to be the food manager I know I can feed us both on half of what she spends on herself. And eat better, too.

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