With April come and gone It is time to report my monthly spending. These spending reports are one of my favorite segments because they help keep me honest. Any time I start to think about making an unnecessary purchase I remember that at the start of each new month I have to air it out for everyone to see and I risk missing my monthly goal of spending less than $2,200.
For the month of April I spent a total of $1868.76. This beats my goal and is my second lowest month of spending so far this year. Right now February came in at $5 cheaper (Darn Subway sandwich). I am absolutely ecstatic with this amount and hope to be able to continue the run going forward. My spending breakdown (courtesy of Mint) is as follows:
Major notable differences include:
- The utilities category where I managed to only spend $256.81, this includes heat/power/cell phone/internet service. This has been decreased by switching from my $55 verizon plan to a $12 per month Republic Wireless plan which was also a significant boost in quality of service. The coming of spring has also helped to knock down my heating bill significantly.
- I also switched car insurance companies to a company called Metro Mile which provides deeply discounted car insurance based on how much (or in my case how little) you drive. As you can see I didn't get out and drive much this month (working 90 hour weeks will do that to you). With this change I am saving ~$20 per month. I am about a 5 minute walk from my office/groceries so that really cuts down on my monthly commute expenses. At this point the only reason I maintain a car is for the occasional camping/hiking/paddle boarding adventure.
- I spent slightly more money this month on entertainment and bought my pet parrot a treat.
- Misc expenses include the cost of filing my state taxes.
This morning I finished signing paperwork for the purchase of a new house. This should knock about $170 off my monthly Home cost and will significantly decrease my heating costs in the near future. The downside will be a few months of increased misc spending as I purchase necessary home items (insulation, curtains, furnace filters, lawn mower, etc.)
I hope you all had a fantastic April!