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Christmas Spending

December 13th, 2023 at 11:11 pm

I have been deep into Christmas spending.  I have spent $857, out of a budget of $1000. I am mostly done. I still have to buy the supplies for Christmas dinner (which will actually be on the 17th because of scheduling conflicts). I also need to buy something for GS1's girlfriend, who will be at our Christmas Eve gift opening. I'm thinking maybe an Ulta gift card? I've only met her once. She definitely seems to be a girly girl.

Other expenses have been pretty regular. I did have to replenish my IPASS again, because I seem to be on the toll roads a lot.

I've already received notice that my assessment fees will go up by 3% in the new year, and car insurance will go up by $20 per month -- I pay semi-annually, though. So the raise I will get in Social Security -- again, about 3%-- will not be felt much.

So, not counting the Christmas spending, my variables are at a respectable 34%.

2 Responses to “Christmas Spending”

  1. Wink Says:

    Is an assessment fee your monthly condo fee? My monthly condo fee is going up by $25 a month starting in January, from $190 a month to $215 a month. The increase was mainly due to rising insurance rates.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Sadly everything seems to be going up. Our property taxes will be going up abut $300. Housing downstate is far cheaper than in Chicago, but that's a sizable jump for a house that is valued at a little over $100K.

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