April 2018 Budget Check-In!

Hey everybody! Time for April’s Budget Check-In! I must admit… Remember when I said I was going on a spending fast for April? WHELP, I spent ALL OF TEH MONEY. I was scraping the bottom of the barrel at the end of the month and being as frugal as I could, but I made it through guys! I survived! πŸ˜€ May is looking to be about the same, but I will still try hard to make things work. πŸ™‚

Come see how I spent my money in April! πŸ˜€

Monthly Bills: 500.00

For rent and all of the utilities I help pay for concerning things like the cellphone I use all the way to water and electricity.

Activities: $0.00

I was suppose to get a haircut last month, but I had to cancel it since something came up, so I got one in early May. Will be growing my hair out again, so I’m going to go two months without a haircut! Going for a choppy A-line bob! πŸ™‚

Medication: $3.70

I paidΒ for one of my medications and I guess LOCMom took care of the other. πŸ™‚ Thank you, LOCMom! My medication doesn’t cost a fortune thank goodness, so I can take care of this category pretty easily. πŸ™‚

Groceries: $91.46

A little on the low side, but not bad! πŸ™‚ I went to the Frugalpants Grocery Store, or Winco, for all of my grocery needs last month and things seemed to pay off! πŸ˜€ I try to stay away from the Spendypants Grocery Store, or Holiday, because it is, well… spendy! 😦

I also added almond milk to my daily groceries instead of regular milk and so far, I have been liking it a lot better! Plus, less calories per cup! πŸ™‚

Household Expenses: $138.55

OH MAAAAAN. :C This category got me last month. Normally the number is much lower since I started counting items in this list, but I did need a bunch of stuff last month. And everything was pretty much a need and not a want. Let me share a few things that I bought…

Toothbrush Bulk Pack: So I decided to get my favorite toothbrushes in a bulk package instead of buying them at 4 bucks a pop every three months. They were only 13 bucks for a bulk size pack of four, plus they will last me the entire year. And I will also save three dollars in the long run. πŸ™‚ So I considered this a good purchase! And since I bought the toothbrushes at CVS with a 3 dollars extra bucks back promotion going on with the item, I used that 3 bucks to buy my mouthwash as well for around 2 bucks instead of 6 bucks! Woot woot! Winning! πŸ˜€

Skincare Products: This also set me back even when using a gift card to help me buyΒ  three of these products. Four things: Night Cream, Day Cream, Eye Cream, and AcneΒ Pore Cleanser. These clocked in under 20-25 bucks and I use them a lot! Some days I forget to use them except for the Acne Pore Cleanser, but I really like taking care of my skin now! πŸ™‚ Plus, I bought most of these items at TJMAXX , a discount store, so I did not spend a fortune on them, haha. πŸ™‚

Clothes: Ugggh, when looking at my budget and asking, “Where did all of my money go?” and then seeing how it went to this category makes me want to kick myself sometimes. Even when I need clothes, even at thrift store prices, I hate how much they usually cost. 😦 But alas, I needed some clothes. So I bought two camisoles, two pairs of shorts, a 4 dollar sweater from our Sears closing sale, and two pairs of “goal pants” meaning, as I keep dieting, I will be able to fit into these pants someday. Don’t worry, I didn’t buy any size 0’s, I just bought some pants that I could button all the way on me that I liked, but they are still a bit too tight. As I lose weight, I will be able to fit into them someday, but soon. πŸ™‚ Yup, still going with the diet! Goal weight is now 140-145 pounds! I can do this! πŸ™‚

So yes, the goal pants were a want technically, but I’m putting them in this category because I do plan on wearing them someday. πŸ™‚ Everything else was a need basically. πŸ˜›

Paper Sheet Protectors: I use these sheet protectors for my bills and documents to be sorted neatly into one of my binders I keep for my records. πŸ™‚ I was running low on them, so I had to buy a 100 pack on Amazon for around 8 bucks.

Bulk Size Shampoo and Body Wash: I saw some great bulk sized shampoo on clearance for only 6 bucks, so I decided to hop on it! While removing the tag and realizing the brand went for 10 bucks originally, I still considerthe purchase a win because the shampoo I usually buy that has that much shampoo in it is 12.99 regular price and $10.00 on clearance. And since everything at TJMAXX that is a shampoo item is for people who color their hair and the shampoo I found for 6 bucks was not for that, I consider that a good deal! I’m not a total silver vixen yet, so anytime I find a shampoo for my hair type that I like in a bilk size on clearence, I grab it! πŸ™‚

I also bought some body wash there for 4 bucks on clearance, but comparing the size of product volume you get with Winco’s bulk sized body washes… turns out that Winco may be a bit cheaper for what you get. Sure you get slightly more body wash for 4 bucks at TJMAXX, but you get almost the same amount of body wash from the bulk sized body washes at Winco. So I will be shopping at Winco for my body wash from now on and not at TJMAXX.

And everything else was either under 5 bucks or from the thrift store. πŸ™‚ Love me some gently used needed things from a thrift store! πŸ˜€ ❀

Misc. Items: $80.08

Not bad! This number amount came in low this month!

But alas, I had a bit of an episode this month concerning tissue box covers. For you see, I went nuts trying to find the perfect one. I bought two of them last month which put me at 14 bucks and I hated each one when I got it home for one reason or another. So I donated them. The one I have right now is pretty, but a flesh tone in color. I’m trying to look for a better one that isn’t so flesh tone-ish, but I do like the one I have right now. But it just doesn’t give me joy, so I’m waiting out for one that I really REALLY like to appear before me someday like the Hawaiian tiki shack one I have in my room currently. I really want an adorable one like that, so I am on the hunt still, haha. πŸ™‚ But I’m not going to blow anymore money on these stupid tissue box covers until I find the perfect one! The search is on! πŸ˜€

And the rest of this category were either thrift store wants and other Misc. stuff. Besides the tissue box cover thing, I was pretty happy with how I spent my money in this category in April. πŸ™‚

Entertainment: $19.31

Alright! About 20 bucks lower than I usually spend because of tightening of the belt budget wise! But I usually buy at least one manga book, or Japanese comic, to read for the month. πŸ™‚

Eating Out: $17.56

Pretty low for this category as well! So happy! ^ o^

Budgeted Items: $60.74

Had to buy a few intimate clothing last month, meaning a bra and some cuter looking underwear from Wal-Mart, including Costco items. LOCMom’s birthday was in April, so she got a present from me as well! πŸ˜€

And the grand total is…

*drum roll*Β 

Grand Total: $911.39

Yeah… crazy month! I don’t think May is going to be much better for me from the looks of things, but I am pretty darn frugal, so I will survive! πŸ™‚ I’m going to do good, darn it! > _<;;;

How was your April?

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