[Yes, I know it’s October 7th. The month of September ended/top of October began with a death in the family, me participating in two live performance gigs, a dear friend permanently departing at the last second to an opposite coast, and finally, a wedding. Give me a little slack. It got a little crazy and FAST.]
Now that we’re here in October, let’s talk about how September went. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t pretty. That said, now that I have the numbers on the screen in front of me, I have an amazing picture of where things went wrong and how I can hopefully adjust them to do better in the coming months.
Without further ado, here are the screenshots of my budget (click on them to see full size images!):
Thanks to this excellent spreadsheet (created by PearBudget), I now have a much clearer picture of my money and where it went in September. Like I mentioned above, it’s not pretty. In the second image you can see that I’m over $375.17. Yup. That’s a lot. Some individual things like rent, insurance, etc. aren’t listed here – but are all conglomerated under “regular expenses” in the second picture. I’ve already wrote about my regular set expenses for each month here.
In housecare, I way under budgeted. That includes my electric, Netflix/Hulu, and internet bills. I also have ZERO ideas as to why I only budgeted $50 there. That’s going to be different this month.
In groceries, I’ll call this a win. Under by $6.41. I’ll take that.
Ok, so dining out, this is ugly. That’s an entry for EVERY day of the month in this category. That’s A LOT of takeout coffee and breakfasts on the go. In a positive light, I can definitely say that less than five of those entires were for fast food.
I’m also under in the car gas category. This doesn’t surprise me at all.
Haircuts is a stupid thing for me to have in my budget, I get my hair cut maybe 3x per year. This also doesn’t surprise me.
I also should have budgeted higher for miscellaneous. $50 was a real low ball level.
GOALS FOR OCTOBER:
- Up the budgeted amounts for housecare & miscellaneous columns.
- Stay under the $100 dining out budget. (Doubtful, but I’ll put it in the universe.)
- Get at least ONE of my monthly bills lowered by calling and asking for a better deal.
- Make at least $100 in side hustle cash.
Also, on a positive note in September, I paid my last bill for my storage unit. I emptied that sucker and made massive tax-deductible donations all over the city. DONE WITH THAT (hopefully) FOREVER! That means I freed up a whole $29!
Tell me how your September went! What goals did you set and meet or totally miss?