Last month I wrote about how I’ve decided not to continue with my ‘No/Low buy year’ and that I didn’t want to feel ‘punished’ by having to control my spending. I was positive I could keep my impulse spending in line. After all, it had been 3 months of diligent tracking and holding back.
Obviously, 3 months was not enough to change my spending ways.
I went into impulse spending mode as soon as I pressed send on that blog post. Good grief. How do I fix that?
Although I will not be going back to the No/Low spend rules as they are, per se, I will continue to track and post my expenses on this blog weekly. That should put a pause on
ridiculous impulse spending knowing that I will have to share it with all of you. Let’s hope that works! 🙂
On with April’s financial results. (Be warned. The numbers aren’t pretty. 😦 )
- Groceries: $1,097.75 (Meat and pantry stock up – I now have a full freezer of meat and veggies and canned supplies.)
- Eating Out: $122.34
- Miscellaneous: $87.79
- Coffee Beans: $80.00 (On sale and stocked up for 3 mos.)
- Household/Personal Care: $944.74 (Stocked up on all household and personal care products for a year)
- Hair cut and color: $100.00
- Clothes & Accessories: $173.06 (I don’t even remember what I bought. 😦 )
- Pets: $110.51 (dog food and treats)
- Home/Car Maintenance: $1,343.00 (new electric lawn mower and power washer)
- Gasoline: $142.17 (trip to NY and high gas prices 😦 )
- Mom: $1,092.00 (a new IPAD, dinners, etc. to help pass the time now that my Dad is in a nursing home. 😦 )
- Gifts & Holidays: $458.00 (Several birthdays, Easter, Hosting)
- Charitable contributions: $202.23
- Road trips/vacation deposits & travel accessories: $673.00 (This is where a lot of the impulse came in. Ugh. 😦 )
Grand total for April: $6,626.59
Adding it all up made me a little sick. That’s a lot of spending for just one month. However, not all of the spending was bad. We wanted to prep a bit by way of stocking up on household and food items. We also wanted to get rid of the gas-powered tools and switch to electric. And, since my Dad went into a nursing home, making my Mom’s life a little easier was worth every penny.
However, the overspending on holidays, birthdays, travel accessories (a new suitcase and such), was a bit over the top.
I’m reigning it in for May. There are a few expenses that are out of the ordinary, but for the most part, I should be able to get back on track. You’ll see it in my first May budget report.
How was your April?