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December Recap

December 31st, 2023 at 05:48 pm

December is always a difficult month, financially. But this year it was not too bad. I exceeded my variables by 9%, but I had a few surprises, like needing a new phone and then needing a new Amazon firestick and remote. And the average of my variables spending was only 93%, so overall I did well.

I stayed within my Christmas budget of $1000, spending $989. That is not just gifts, but hosting a Christmas dinner, postage, gift wrap, cards etc. My total spending in the gift category was $1028, because there were a few non-Christmas gifts.

Anyway, here it is:

Gifts/Charity 1028
Housing 784
Vacation/Travel 373
Furn/Equip/Décor 287
Utilities 203
Groceries 94
Vet/Pet Supplies 62
Car 45
Fees & Services 40
Phone 39
Gas 38
Entertainment 37
Medical/Health 34
Laundry 22
Eating Out/Takeout 16
Clothing 8
Household Supplies 6
Personal 3

Grand Total                 3119

The groceries were items not included in the holiday dinner. The vacation was mostly pre-payment for a hotel room on my upcoming road trip. The car expense -- wipers. The fee -- replenishment of my tollway pass.

Some of the pet supplies expense was for my fish, but some was food for my son's cat, who I am babysitting until tomorrow morning. I may get some of that back.

Of course, the phone and the firestick are reflected under "Furnishings/Equipment/Decor." The firestick was really cheap because I had Amazon credits to use.

My trip starts tomorrow. I probably won't be checking in until I get home, roughly around January 15.

5 Responses to “December Recap”

  1. Dido Says:

    Have a good trip and a happy new year!

  2. terri77 Says:

    Enjoy your trip & Happy New Year! See you on 2024.

  3. terri77 Says:

    Enjoy your trip & Happy New Year! See you in 2024.

  4. CreditRules Says:

    Safe travels and happy new year!

  5. latestart Says:

    Happy New Year. Safe travel.

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