February 2018 Budget Check-In!

Heya’ everybody! February was a bit of a spendy month for me because of big expenses every now and then I had to pay, but dang it, I lived! Here is the break down for the month! πŸ™‚

Monthly Bills: $500.00

For rent, water, heating, and all of that kind of stuff. It’s one big flat fee I pay each month to cover everything.

Activities: $30.00

Got a haircut this month. πŸ™‚ I try to go one month between hair cuts to cut down costs, so after March, I will be getting another haircut in April.

Medication: $0.00

LOCMom is so nice to pay for my medications that are usually under 5 bucks anyway, but I am thankful. ❀

Groceries: $88.21

Aha! Groceries are lower this month! I was a bit more careful with my spending in this category in February and things have paid off. πŸ™‚

Household Expenses: $89.35

Yeeeees, this category is a bit spendy. Had to prepare for the upcoming warmer weather, so some clothing was bought in February. All of the clothing was either from Wal-Mart or Goodwill though, so I count that as a saved cost, but when getting the amount of money I receive each month from Social Security, every little bit counts. There was also a cold snap again and I decided to take advantage of a t-shirt sale Wal-Mart was having on some of their clearance winter shirts, so I bought three shirts for 3 bucks each. And I must say they are quite good looking and cozy. πŸ™‚

Misc. Items: $79.16

This category could have been a lot worse spending wise, but it wasn’t thank goodness. After looking over the numbers, I overspent in the Operation Christmas Child Items Category (OCC items). I just had to get some boxes filled up to complete them, but at lest everything was under a buck and bought with a coupon. Still spent my usual 5 bucks on the OCC Items as well though. But in March, I plan to do better with this.

I also had a pricey package I had to ship to a friend filled with See’s Candy chocolate. Didn’t know it would be so expensive or I would have just bought them something on the store’s website I purchased the items from. You live and learn. 😦

And my Goodwill/Thrift Store spending was not too bad this month! I’m pretty proud of me for being so thrifty money wise when shopping in thrift stores in February. πŸ™‚

Entertainment: $43.98

I’m above the budget amount for this category by nearly 4 bucks. The reason is I wanted to buy a manga book to finish off a series since the a manga series I bought in February ended with an INTOLERABLE cliff hanger. It brought me back to my high school days with that series and I refused to put up with that same cliffhanger again like I did in my school days, so I bought the last book of the series for 5-6 dollars.

But besides that final purchase, this category is still looking pretty good. πŸ™‚

Eating Out: $34.96

Oh my gosh, I am just shocked by this category. O _O;;; It’s amazing to see where some of your money goes when you write it down throughout the month. I have decided because of me sometimes eating out a lot like I did in February, I want to keep this category at least under 35-30 dollars. And it looks like I accomplished that in February, but there is always room for improvement!

Budgeted Items: $68.23

This category is for all of the items I budget for at the beginning of the month using the Envelope System. I especially use this system for paying for my Costco items. It’s a little higher than I would like it to be because I had to buy two extra stamp booklets for greeting cards, but those stamps will all get used eventually.

And the final total comes to…

*drum roll*

Final Total: $933.89

Wow… I didn’t know I had it in me. I spent a lot this month! I kind of like to keep things under $900.00 now that I think about it… Will just have to try again in March, I guess! 😦

How was your February 2018 Budget?

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