August Spending

August was all right. Not too expensive even though I kinda bled money on school uniforms and whatnot. I felt quite broke because I live on last month’s money, so for August I was limited to what I had earned in July (and some of my purchases came from a particular savings category). But it came out OK. And when I compare August income to August expenses, which is how I usually do my blog posts and my Your Money Or Your Life chart, it looks pretty good. Here are the figures.

Income

Amazon return: $38.20

Library take-home pay: $1921.81

Interest: $7.83

Child/Spousal Support and Reimbursements: $652

Total Income: $2619.84

Expenses:

Rent and included utilities: $1083.75

XCel: 16.96

ATM fees (reimbursable): +$5

Conference registration: $55

Haircut and brow wax: $71

Household items: $94 (Includes Instant Pot from Craigslist, $48, a mop, and some other odds and ends)

Laundry: $40

Speeding ticket: $40 (Not a real one, a camera one–that’s why it’s cheap)

Ting: $33.73

Comcast: $9.95

Groceries: $268.79

Wine: $20.49

Home entertainment (Amazon music and HBO Now, because Game of Thrones): $20.19

Coffee shops: $8.82

Gas: $49.48

Rocky Mountain National Park day pass: $20 (grand adventure worth every penny)

Other parking: $23 (Unusually high because of failure to adequately plan for parking for Jeopardy! audition)

Miscellaneous kids: $41.34 (things like a Thermos for LB, their allowances, etc.)

School uniforms and new shoes: $120.55

School supplies: $12

School fees: $60

Babysitting: $48 (Some of this time I was working, and some of it I was auditioning for Jeopardy!)

Adult health:$20.80

Pink Chucks: $21.52 with Zappos coupon.  I love them. I have to remind myself to wear the other shoes.

Sewing notions: $28.05

Cat litter: $10

Total Expenses: $2212.93

Analysis

Well, I’m in the black, so yay. In YNAB I wound up with like $20 left to budget. I set it aside for having Kitty Paragon’s teeth cleaned, an expensive project for which I am saving up. Because the vet said her gums probably hurt and I like the cat.

It’s nice to see the income going up as I can pick up school day library shifts again now that school is back in. Here’s hoping that my job situation improves and the XFP gets his act together and settles the house so we can finally close out our divorce.

How was your August?

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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.

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