January 2018 Budget Check-In!

Hiya’ folks! It’s time for my monthly budget check-in! Even though I was doing Mrs. Frugalwoods Uber Frugal Month Challenge, I was unfortunately kind of spendy this month. I will break it down and my entire budget below by each of my budget’s categories!

Let’s see how I did! 🙂

Monthly Bills: $500.00

500 even for monthly bills which consist of monthly expenses like heating, water, cell phone and other bill-like stuff that has to get paid every month. Even rent. Nothing to exciting. 🙂

Activities: $0.00

Well, this category would be about 30 bucks, but I have ended my monthly activity that I do each month because I was just not passionate about it anymore. My monthly activity was a Jujistu classes that I have been taking for around 3 years and I figured if I wasn’t passionate about Jujitsu anymore, then I should not attend it anymore. However, the students in the class and my Jujitsu teacher threw me a big pizza goodbye party for me and it was a lot of fun! They want to stay in contact with me as well, so I will be sending them letters and stuff about my adventures outside of class. 🙂 A very happy ending you could say!

Medication: $0.00

Hey! I think I still have met my deductible and didn’t have to pay for medication this month! Woot woot!

Groceries: $113.42

I think this may be a little high this month for me grocery wise… I think all of those 3 rotisserie chickens I bought for around 5 bucks that added up the total a bit. And I either made a typo in my broccoli category or I spent about 14 bucks on broccoli this month alone. I mean, I eat it all, but still, yeesh… I’m going to reign in the rotisserie chicken buying though in February. Already bought one at Costco, but the good news about me buying rotisserie chickens is that I usually eat all of the meat on them since they are roasted and delicious… *drool* But yeah, not going to buy as many this month…

Misc. Items: $178.86

Oh my god, did I really over do it in this category in January. : ( I will admit that I nickel and dimed myself in this category of my budget this month. 3 bucks here… 2 bucks there… Even though everything I bought didn’t cost much, I still nickel and dimed myself to death you could say. Also, way too much Goodwill shopping, I will admit. I mean a lot, if most of the stuff, I bought at Goodwill was needed, but a few items were wants. : ( This month, I will try not to go to Goodwill as often and only go when I really need an item that I do not have. I’m going reign in this Goodwill habit of mine in February. > _<;;;

Entertainment: $35.47

I have decided to up this category up to around 10 bucks, so instead of clocking into my desired $30.00 for this category, I will try to go to only around $40.00. All of this category is loved by me very much and keeps me going you could say! 🙂

Eating Out: $11.62

So LOCMom and I went to LOCAunt’s and LOCUncle’s to visit in January and I had to spend some money on food for the road. I did pack snacks to eat on the road, but the snacks I packed don’t really fill me up, so we have to stop at this place in Williams, CA called Granzella’s and I have to buy something with protein in it that is not deli meat. I usually go for their restaurant’s soup and that is how I get my protein for the trip. Also went to Costco this month and grabbed a chicken wrap for 3 bucks and it was really tasty! Love me some Costco food! 😀

Budgeted Items: $48.99

Here are all of the items that I budget with my envelope system every month. Things like Costco items and Operation Christmas Child (OCC) items are featured in this category each month. Mostly Costco stuff though. It’s just easier to pay cash with everything you need at Costco then right out of your checking account with a debit card. I find that it hurts less financial wise if I buy things at Costco this way, haha. 🙂

 

And the grand total for everything is…

*drum roll*

Total: $888.36

Well, not bad, not bad! Could have been a less spendy month, but alas, it was not. 😦 Going to make some serious changes in February though so I can knock my spending down a bit! That Misc. Items category was absolutely bonkers, haha. O _O;;;

How was your January 2018?

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