April Expense Report
So, this month wasn’t much to shake a stick at. Ideally, the best finances are boring finances, so I’m always happy to see an “easy” month.
A few things that were notably high this month: fitness (my annual gym fee came due) – which is kind of ironic, since this was my lowest gym-trip month this year, at only 4.5 times per week. Coffee budget was also pretty high, a direct result of how many meetings I had and how stressed I was (I really wanted “treats” frequently). I’m pretty sure I’ve been overusing caffeine, so it might be time to examine that…
I fell off the daily gym wagon because of all the work I was doing to get Get Your Money Together Bootcamp online ready (lots of time in the TV studio). However, I got back to daily workouts in the last week of the month, so I hope that keeps up during the month of May.
I’m still not drinking alcohol, which has been great for my budget, but as the weather is getting better, there’s a lot more social time at bars and I have still been dropping $4-6 each time I go out for some non-alcoholic drinks. Still half the price of a cocktail!
Essential Expenses (in descending order): $837.33
Household Goods: $7.94
Transport/Bike: $6.00 (Biketown)
Health Care (in descending order): $251.00
Health Insurance: $231
Trans-Siberian Railway Trip
No expenses in April – put $785.44 aside towards May expenses
Running total YTD: $322.66/$3,000 budget
Wardrobe Redo Project: $0
No expenses in April
Discretionary (in descending order): $182.24
Travel (non-work): $84.48 (hotel for Amsterdam trip for non-work days)
Fitness Annual Fee: $50.00
Fitness Monthly Membership: $39.00
Spending “Fun” Money: $8.76 (candy and office snacks)
Discretionary Food & Drink (in descending order): $67.68
Bars: $17.00 (4 trips for social occasions, all non-alcoholic)
Soda Stream CO2 Refill: $14.99
Arts Tax: $35.00
Charitable giving: $10.00
Savings (not pictured above): $100
Roth IRA contribution: $100
Total Spending: $1,383.25
Total After-Tax “Day Job” Income: $2,289.38 (worked extra hours!)
YTD Spending: $7,095.80/$20,000 maximum goal
(35% of total at 33% through the year)
I am not currently taking a wage from my business, Oh My Dollar! – I started up officially just 6 months ago, and am still in the growth stage. Luckily, I saved quite a lot of cash “buffer” – equal to around a year’s expenses- before I took a leap into my own business.
I am hoping to begin taking a small salary from my business in July and at that point I might publish more thorough business income/expense statements. The business is profitable right now (and officially enough to live on as of this month!)
My stated income comes from my March paycheck, because I live on last month’s income. That means all income from April was allocated towards May’s expenses.