Wednesday, April 3, 2019

MARCH BUDGET RECAP

Micheal and I hit reset on the budget last month so I thought it would be a good time to share a recap here on the blog about how that went. We got our heads together mid March and reset everything so this is really based on the last 3 weeks of the month. Money is never a fun topic but I believe talking about it gives us confidence and freedom!

Our biggest struggle is dining out...I think if we had endless funds this is probably where we would spend most of it! We had originally said we wouldn't be eating out at all, but did end up going out a few times that we couldn't really work out. Still WAY better than our normal habits so I wasn't too upset at these numbers. We will still be working hard to limit eating out unnecessarily in April.

Dining Out
budgeted: $100
spent: $266.25
Some of these were from expenses we made just before the reset that came through our account so we added it in. Overall, I'm not completely upset that we overspent this much, but I know we can do better this month!

Groceries
budgeted: $600
spent: $635.09
This category seems really high (especially when were not even looking at a whole month here.) BUT I always include my Walmart runs into this, which this month included a very large purchase of household items like laundry soap, garbage bags, paper products, and underwear for the boys. Things like that add up quickly and made our grocery bill seem super high even though it wasn't all food. I probably should have broken it down into multiple payments to keep it separate, but I just ain't there yet y'all!
Clothing
Budget $100
Spent $61.65
I was super excited to find a pair of Free People booties on a friends FB sale for $20! The rest of this month's clothing budget was spent on the family all getting tshirts to support Liam's baseball team. The rest of the budget plus this month will likely be spent on Easter outfits for the entire family.

Now that we are a few days into April, I'm pumped to have an actual plan for our money...I know things will pop up that weren't expected, but just like anything else, you have to keep going and make the next best choice!
P.S. For those interested, we use a budgeting program and app called YNAB (you need a budget). It really works for us and I highly recommend it.
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