Better Late Than Never: May Spending

So… it’s June 21. And I never totaled up my May spending. I almost didn’t at all, but I’m glad I took the time–while everything gets added up by YNAB, I learn a lot about myself and my habits from typing it all out. So here’s May.

Library take-home pay: $1795.50

Returning things to Costco: $82.97

Subbing take-home pay: $44.05

Interest income: $6.48

Trivia income: $35

Ebates: $1.95

Support: $575

Total income: $2540.95

ATM fees (reimbursable): $.50

Rent and included utilities: $1079.02

Home supplies: $83.32 (mostly a vacuum cleaner, plus odds and ends)

Laundry: $40

Electricity: $16.18

Ting: $31.56

Internet: $9.95

Groceries: $212.24 (I was out of town for a few days and also had a gift card)

Wine: $6.47

Gas: $50.35

Parking ticket: $50 (Forgot to read the damn street sweeping sign. This happens to me at least once a summer. I think of it as a sort of urban road maintenance tax.)

Parking: $6 (reimbursable)

Children’s allowance and ice cream: $14.62

Restaurants: $30.49

Amazon music: $4.30

Coffee shops, burrito runs at work, etc.: $18.52

Clothes for me: $78.47

Fabric and sewing notions: $83.73. Because patterns were on sale and I may have gotten carried away at Joann.

Gifts: $73.81 (There was a birthday)

Miscellaneous shopping and spending, including a haircut and some ebooks: $108.50

Travel: $325.87 (for Vegas trip; there was another hundred-ish in June)

Donations: $5

Cat food: $24.75

Total Expenses: $2352.65

Surplus: $188.30

Analysis

Well, if you’ve ever read one of my spending reports before, you know it always starts out, “I need a full-time job.” But somehow I keep managing. I enjoy some luxuries, even, thanks to careful money management and the generosity of family and good friends. (I got my eyebrows professionally waxed, for instance. That Vegas trip? Heavily subsidized. Thanks, Mom! And I received some lovely gift cards as a Mother’s Day present, which I spent on things like non-pre-owned sheets for my bed, new cutting boards, and Frappucinos.)

Goal: Secure more hours before October so I can comfortably afford a second bedroom.

How was your May?

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About frugalparagon

I'm a part-time librarian and mom to two small boys. I blog about striving for the long-term goal of financial independence while running a tight ship at home.

One response to “Better Late Than Never: May Spending”

  1. Lily @ The Frugal Gene says :

    Oh wow 30 dollars on eating out only! That takes self control! I don’t think you should be surprised 🙂 frugality goes a long way!!! Nice job!!

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