Two Months of Less (In Theory)

1 Jun

May was my second month of attempting to spend less money, based on the book I read called The Year of Less.  It was a difficult month in many ways.  One of those ways was my spending.  There were expenses that came up this month that I really had no control over and it was super frustrating to watch my bank balance go down, down, down as the month went on.

One huge expense I had, which wasn’t expected, was an entire set of new tires.  I got my first flat tire ever.  20+ years of driving without ever having a flat is good if you ask me but I couldn’t have gone a lifetime without having one and not ever complained.

I was extremely fortunate because where I finally realized I had a flat someone saw me and came out to help me immediately.  Such a nice person and I didn’t even know them.  It makes me remember there are still nice people in this world.  It’s easy to forget these days.

Another expense I had was buying plants/trees/potting soil and planter boxes for my house.  I’ve been wanting some fig trees for a few years now and I finally found some at Home Depot.  I LOVE figs so I’ll be really happy if these trees produce edible fruit.  We also got some squash, mint, lettuce, and other plants given to us so I wanted to be able to plant them.

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Lastly, I had a huge ordeal which turned out to be a fairly large expense when I borrowed a pressure washer to clean off my house and it didn’t work.  I was so set on getting it done that I went and bought one myself. I didn’t buy the most expensive but I wanted to get one good enough to really get the job done and I think I did accomplish that.

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As you read through my percentages keep in mind that last month was a real fluke because my tax refunds were factored in.  This month there was nothing extra and this will be close to my “normal” earnings for each month.

Ok, so here’s where I spent my money (in percentages):

  • Mortgage 27.24%
  • Car 14.24%
  • Home 10.35%
  • Investments 5.3%
  • Extra House Payment 5.3%
  • Savings 5.3%
  • Food 4.02%
  • Entertainment 3.57%
  • Eating Out 2.85%
  • Medication 2.61%
  • Water/Sewer/Garbage 2.45%
  • Fuel 2.02%
  • Natural Gas 1.79%
  • Beauty 1.71%
  • Gifts 1.46%
  • Dog/Vet 1.45%
  • Gym 1.41%
  • Internet Service 1.39%
  • Car Insurance 1.35%
  • Phone 1.12%
  • Electricity 0.8%
  • Yarn 0.74%
  • Knitting 0.71%
  • Clothes 0.4%
  • Crafts 0.36%
  • Work 0.1%

June is going to present it’s own challenges as I’m going to be going on vacation!  I can’t wait to go and I’m not going to try to spend a ton but I’m also going to ensure I do the things I really want to do and have a good time while I’m there.  After all, I do not get vacations very often.

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