August 2012 Budget Recap

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

Blown Budgets:

1. Food & Dining

We ate out quite a bit this month! Oops.

2. Gas & Fuel 

August was the month of doggie day trips to the city or the beach! With rising gas costs and usually 1 hour each way, a lot of money was spent here.

3. Toiletries & Cosmetics

4. Shoes & Accessories

  • Rhinestone & spike Necklace from Ebay (instagram) – $9.52
  • Spike necklace from Ebay – $2.48
  • H&M rose gold collar necklace (instagram) – $14.02
  • ShoeMint Edith Pumps (instagram) – $70.45
  • Forever 21 Ring – $4
  • Target clearance wedges (instagram) – ~$11

5. Home Decorating

Overall budget:


The Verdict?


I don’t know what it is about birthdays… I threw my reasoning away for the first half of the month and splurged on myself.  I told myself ‘hey its my birthday’ and went a little too crazy.  Sigh.  The one good thing about this month’s budget:  August was a 3-paycheck month.

Next months plans?

  • Buddy got into a biking accident yesterday at Golden Gate park.. we were biking and Buddy suddenly jumped out of Justin’s bike basket.  I have no idea why… anyway he landed on his feet but then began to limp.  We took him to the vet early this morning…We’ll have to keep him from doing any excessive activity because of his knee.  Poor guy.  I hope he learned his lesson to not jump from high places. :T
  • My mom will be ending her temp job soon and when that happens she’ll be moving out of my place and back home.  I’m a little sad… We’ve gotten closer over the months that she’s been living with me.  And I’ll also have to get back to cooking regularly… I feel like a spoiled kid again!

♥ E&I