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.


  1. I wish my spending was that low. I have a house and my mortgage is near 3k. The joy of owning a house in the sf bay area and buying during the peak. LOL.

    I have a vitamix too. My wife loves to make smoothies mostly with it.

  2. I absolutely love the Vitamix. Not only does it make me breakfast but it also pretty much cleans itself when I am done. Some of my favorite ingredients to use as a base are oats, sweet potatoes, flax seeds, and protein powder. I can then add fruit/veggies as necessary.