June 2015 Expenses
June has come and gone, and just like that half the year is behind us! The past month was relatively quiet at the Freedom 35 household: After a May of merry-making elsewhere, we got to spend June closer to home, lollygagging about and enjoying all the wonderful things our beautiful corner of the world has to offer.
The end of June might also mark the end of fun little routines, as The DJ’s time off came to an end (for now?), and The MC is just starting his (hopefully everyone survives).
Aside from the usual and changing routine, we found some time for fun (and food) with friends: Hosting a couple meals with good conversation and hopefully good food; soaking in some sun at the nearby beach with new friends while taking advantage of a company perk to enjoy some free BBQ and activities there.
As promised, we finally tackled trimming the dogs’ hair by ourselves. It wasn’t too bad at all, a good learning experience, and fun for all involved (except maybe the dog, but he can complain about it on his own blog). Expect a post upcoming on the process and what we learned.
We still have a little while to go before we master all grooming tasks our selves, but we feel pretty good about having hair clipping under our belt. The lack of associated grooming costs will probably also be a nice change in our expenses.
Speaking of expenses… let’s see how we did this month!
|Mortgage||$1,793||Mortgage: Principal and Interest|
|Travel||$75||Annual fee for a travel reward credit card (we like to count costs associated with rewards card in the category we plan to redeem the reward for)|
|Health & Fitness||$53||Allergy medication|
|Groceries||$295||Hosting friends for a couple brunches and dinners made grocery spending slightly higher than the past months|
|Restaurants & Take-Out||$0||100% food spending on groceries this month, no dining out expenses! Even we are surprised.|
|Transportation||$30||$22 – Gas for our luxury car
$7.50 – Parking at the beach (2/3 of us were too lazy to walk the extra mile for cheaper parking 🙁
|Bills & Utilities||$157||$29 – Gas & Electric
$64 – Water
$64 – Internet
|Heir Care||$0||The Little Man was low maintenance this month|
|Fur Care||$110||Heart worm and flea medication. We’ve been using Revolution brand (Rx required) forever, and never remember to check alternatives until we run out.|
|Shopping||$41||$35 – Electric Pressure Cooker (from Craigslist.. slightly reduced price :))
$4.90 – Stamps, because sometimes email doesn’t work (like when you travel back in time)
$1 – Sponges, the kind for cleaning, not the fun kind
|Other||$15||Personal website hosting|
|Total||~$2,570||Well below our monthly spending goals, whatever those are.|
|Spending Minus Mortgage
||~$775||Variable spending for the month|
Another great month of spending! We had a 74% savings rate (81% if you count mortgage principal as savings). Despite the low spending we had a month filled with lots of fun and found ourselves kept busy and entertained at all times, as we generally do.
As for that pressure cooker, what can we say, we have a weakness for Craigslist deals, gadgets, and small kitchen appliances. Let’s see if this pays off.
Something that we never seem to think about in time is that we’ve always been using the same flea and heart worm preventative, mainly out of inertia. It’s prescription only and also seems on the expensive side compared to alternatives. It might be worth doing some research (and checking with the vet) to see if there is an alternative that works just as well and is more readily, and cheaply, available. If not, at least we’ll know we’re using the right medication for the right reasons, not because that is what we have always done. What does everyone else use?