First, you must know . . second, I must convince myself . . I am not laughing about this budget. It is very serious to Vince. It means a lot to him that I go along with it. I am going along with it. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’ve lived on a budget at various times. When I was pinching pennies til they screamed and I cried, I knew that I had “X” amount of money and I had no choice but to live on that amount. I can remember when Chad was 6 or 7 and I was a single mom and there was not an extra dime to be had. I could make one can of green beans last three meals for myself but manage to give him a decent kid sized meal. Those days are long gone but will never be forgotten. So, honestly, I appreciate a budget. I don’t fully understand the reasoning behind this budget. But, to make him happy, I am going right along with this budget idea. Anyway . . if I weren’t doing it, what would I be blogging about?
OK . . here’s a portion of the budget.
Today is the 11th so let’s say we’re 1/3 into the month. Also, there’s supposed to be a category for “Household Supplies” and that’s where I’ll put washing detergent, ziploc bags, paper towels, etc. Vince forgot that category so a bit over $110 that was spent at Sam’s will be credited back to groceries and will go against a $175 monthly allowance for household supplies.
If I add back the $110 to groceries, that gives me $235 remaining which is a bit less than 2/3rds but I did buy two hams at Aldi and with the ribs I smoked, we have leftovers already cooked in the fridge to get us through the middle of next week and we just don’t need anything from the grocery store for sure for the next week, except possibly a gallon of milk. So, we’re great on groceries.
We’re good on gas. I probably won’t fill my car up again til after the first of February.
Medical took a hit because I went to the dentist. That appointment wasn’t scheduled til the end of February but the dentist had an opening. I don’t go back to the knee doctor til April so even though we’re way over for January, I think by the end of March, we’ll be fine.
Vet . . we’re going to have a credit on that one because Rita is done at the vet for this month.
Clothing . . this one cracked me up. What the heck are you going to buy for $25? I suggested nothing for clothing but Vince insisted on $25. Heck, Vince ordered sweatpants and I think he got two pairs for $13 so that gives me hope . . or not! $12 left for this month. Sure hope we don’t new clothes. 🙂
I can project out to the year for those who suggested an annual budget.
We have categories for chicken feed, pet food and vet and those alone total almost $2,500 per year. That’s a lot . . considered it’s half of what we allow ourselves for groceries. Our critters are worth it though . . I suppose.
I’m looking forward to the end of the month to see how we do.