April 2010 Budget Recap

*NOTE:  This budget is for shopping/food/gas only, or expense that I can control fully.  I’m not including fixed expenses (rent, utilities, medical bills) because they’re fixed and honestly pretty boring to talk about.  My TOTAL spending is not reflected in this budget *

Blown Budgets:

Pretty much everything except toiletries and home decor.  Cue the sad faces.

Overall budget:

+$2

The Verdict?

Just like I predicted, my shopping bug came back.  I used up all of my Crossroads store credit and bought a few things from Loehmann’s and Asos.com.  I did do a ton of cooking this month, which skyrocketed my groceries spending.  I’ve adjusted the Grocery budget to $150 from now on.  (Food & Dining = Groceries + Dining Out, so that’s why this category was in the red as well)

But I guess it could have been worse…  Clothing and accessories were only over budget by $2 each.

This is the first full month I’ve had at the new apartment.  I just got my utility bill so I’ll be calculating how much to put into my long term savings/emergency fund today.  Also, April is one of those wonderful 3 paycheck months for me.  I’ve already deposited the third “extra” paycheck into that high interest savings account.

Next months plans?

  • Continue to cook new recipes, but I’m running out of ideas!  Must get to the library soon.
  • Get rid of more clutter! (always on my list)
  • Relax and perhaps read more

-E&I