Sunday, February 9, 2014
January Spending Report
Spending totals for the month of January were $2,231. This is slightly below my six month average spending of $2467. Unexpected expenses during the month included auto licensing and registration and a $319 energy bill to heat the old house I am renting. My Spending for the month is as follows:
The bills and utilities category includes the $319 utility fee as well as costs for phone and internet service. In March when my phone contract expires I am hoping to decrease the bill by around $40 per month by switching to Republic Wireless's $10 plan. This comes with the expense of having to buy a new phone but on the plus side I will join the rest of the people in this decade with a smart phone. The $121.95 student loan charge will be picked up by Uncle Sam starting in June which is one perk of government work. My entertainment category was extremely low this month partially because most of my hobbies don't cost money, combined with the fact that I have been very busy at work.
For February my goal is to focus on lowering my food and dining category by using my crock pot and Vitamix blender more often. This typically forces me to eat more healthy and cost effective food.