March 2018 Budget Check-In!

Hello, everybody! I sincerely apologize for not having a Weekend Update last week. I was getting ready to go out of town on Sunday and was on a trip for 3 days, so Iย couldn’t update the blog. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But don’t worry! This weekend, there will definitely be a Weekend Update, so please look forward to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

But now, we will take a look at my March 2018 budget! And I have to be honest with everybody, March was a bad monthย and I was not entirely happy about where my money went concerning expenses. Things will be better in April though! I can feel it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s take a gander at how I did!

Rent/Bills: $500.00

For rent and all of the household expenses like electricity, water, etc. You know, all of that stuff. ๐Ÿ˜›

Activities: $0.00

Haha! Nothing in this category this month! Although with me skipping a haircut last month, I definitely will be getting one in April. ๐Ÿ™‚

Medication: $3.70

Had to buy medication this month. Keeps me from acting weird from my mental illnesses. With ย me taking my medications, you wouldn’t even know I had any mental illnesses at all! They work that well and I am so greatful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Groceries: $72.32

A little low in this category this month as you will see why in a second. But I was happy mostly everything was eaten! Except a lone sweet potato I will probably gobble up tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

Misc Items: 116.82

Yeeeees, this is the category that screwed me up the most. A lot of stuff I bought from Goodwill turned out to be STUPID for one reason or another, so yeah, I’m not entirely happy with my spending on about a quarter of the stuff in this category in March. Uggh, I’m owning up to it guys, I did screw up. Most of the stuff I buy at thrift stores I do intend to use, but sometimes, the things I buy tend to be duds when I finally get them home.

However, I have a plan for April that I will be doing to curb my spending that I will explain after my expenses have been gone through. More on that in a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

Household Expenses: $61.16

For needed clothes, for household supplies, and for needed stuff that makes life a little easier. I am happy to report that among this category is a red designer Kenneth Cole Reaction pea coat I bought at a thrift store for 2.50 though! $2.50 ya’ll! ๐Ÿ˜€ Man, what a score! However, I did kind of screw up when sewing two buttons on the coat tighter to it and sewed through the pockets to stitch the buttons. Oops… Will have to fix that later on so the pockets can be usable again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Small fix, but it takes a little time to sew, so I have to be totally prepared to do that kind of small job, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

Entertainment: $35.65

Yes! Under budget in this category! Not too shabby. Let’s keep that momentum going into April! ๐Ÿ˜€

Eating Out: $40.15

Uggh, yes I am over 10 bucks in this category. Would love to keep things under 30 dollars in this particular category, but I’m not sweating it too badly. 10 bucks I can deal with, but at least I was not over 20 bucks. Phew! Like I said though, I have a plan to cut spending in April! More on that in a second…

Budgeted Items: $40.70

This category is where my Envelope System comes in and what I spend all of it on concerning hard and edible goods. ๐Ÿ™‚ Everything looks pretty good in this category! I’m pretty happy with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

And the grand total is…

*drumroll*

Final Total: $870.50

Yeah, not too happy with how things went this month. But I got a plan guys that I have started doing this month! I’m going on a spending fast! Only buying stuff I need. Curbing the wants and that means staying out of thrift stores unless I really need something in them. In other words, sticking to a list when going to them. So far, things have been going fairly well. When I was out of town with LOCMom, we went to visit LOCAunt and LOCUncle. We did go to many thrift stores while we were there and I did buy a few things including one 8 dollar dud item, but the rest of stuff was pretty much used in the long run. Pretty proud of that fact. ๐Ÿ™‚

So yeah, now that the thrifting bug has been squashed, I will probably not go out too much this month to any more thrift stores. Still mad about last month. I’m hoping I will do well with this spending freeze, so wish me well everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€

How was your March?

What did I do/buy this weekend? (February 10-11, 2018)

Heya’ everybody! Sorry for the late blog post! I had a lot of fun this weekend! Come and see what I did! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well last Saturday, LOCMom and I went up to Weaverville, CA to see the annual Chinese New Year Lion Dance! It’s the Year of the Dog, ya’ll! This year, instead of kids performing the Lion Dance, there was a Chinese martial arts group performing the dance and they were absolutely super! Really talented those people were!

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And the inside of the California State Park’s Weaverville Joss House Temple!

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Sorry for the red circles in the pictures on two pics. I just felt the need to blot out these people’s faces because if it were me being photographed randomly really well and uploaded to a blog, I would like permission first. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Didn’t do that for everyone in the pics, but I edited out the most obvious well captured faces. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, LOCMom’s friends were with us at the Lion Dance and we had lunch together after the big show! The food was good, but my fries could have been a little warmer. Oh well. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOCmom’s friends then left and after checking out the local art shop and me hanging a memory on a Memory Tree in it, we drove home and relaxed all day!

Also bought a Starbucks’ย glass cup ornament at Starbucks for 40% off for next Christmas since LOCMom likes Starbucks a lot. It was really cute and she picked it out herself, so I just had to get it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Money Spent on Saturday

  • Starbucks Ornament – (around $4.50)
  • Postage Stamps (for leftover Valentine’s cards) – $10.00

Total Amount Spent: $14.50

On Sunday, I decided to hit up Goodwill and found two things there! A card shuffler and a shower mat. Alas, the shower mat was brand new in its package, but didn’t work for my tub floor. Booooooooo. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I have tried numerous shower mats for that flippin’ shower floor and none of them have worked in theย past except my last one which was 15 bucks. I decided after the shower mat I bought at Goodwill that I will not be buying anymore. However, the card shuffler worked great! And I only paid $2.19 for it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not a bad deal since they go for like 10 bucks each on Amazon last time I checked! LOCMom has been wanting a card shuffler for a while and I happily bought the one I came across at Goodwill that day. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also hit up the dollar store for a few small things as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then after Dollar Tree, LOCMom and I went to feed the birds! And oh my god, there were SO MANY PIGEONS THERE! Like, there was like, 200 hundred of them at least. I heard in a movie or TV show once they were called “rats with wings” and I must agree that they did act like a bunch of hungry rats with wings…

Here are three picturesย of all of them!

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And the last one…

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See? Crazy huh? O _O There was so many of them even the duckies and the geese didn’t want to eat around them. Little piggies!

Then to end the day, LOCmom made a nice meatloaf dinner for LOCAuntV who came over and visited with us for a bit! It’s always nice to see her and catch up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Money Spent on Sunday

  • Circle Hair Brush (OCC Gift) (Dollar Tree Item) – $1.00
  • Hershey’s Cookie and Cream Candy Bar (Dollar Tree Candy) – $0.89
  • Shower Mat (New in package) (Goodwill item) – $4.19
  • Card Shuffler (Goodwill Item) – $2.19

Total Amount Spent: $8.27

So yeah… My shower mat failed, but at least I got a cool card shuffler! Battery operated! ๐Ÿ™‚ I fear that this month may be a bit spendy, but I will try to make everything work! ^_^

How was your weekend?

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 threwย 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 Iย will be sending them letters and stuff about my adventures outside of class. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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, Iย still nickel and dimed myself to death you could say. Also, way too much Goodwill shopping, I will admit. I meanย a lot, if most of the stuff,ย 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 reignย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

And the grand total for everything is…

*drum roll*

Total:ย $888.36

Well, not bad, not bad! Could have been a less spendy month, but alas, it was not. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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?