June Budget Breakdown

by Erika Torres

Midway through July, and I’m barely summarizing June’s Budget. Let’s start with how we did with our June goals:

  1. Reduce our grocery spending back down to $350 or less. FAIL. But we were close! We spent $385.77 and it’s a vast improvement from what we’ve been spending recently.
  2. Spend less money than what we bring in. If you don’t include our trip, then we made it under budget. So let’s just count this as even…?
  3. Find an extra $200 in the budget so I can buy some new clothes. Haven’t bought anything for myself in such a long time, and I seriously need some clothes. WIN! Although I spent $330 on clothes this month for both Eric and myself, bringing this year’s total spent on clothing to $640! That’s how much I used to spend in a month when I was single!
  4. Get to over 90% of our $8,000 Aug. 15 savings goal! SO CLOSE! WIN! We ended the month with $7500 in our savings account, marking us at 94%

2 out of 4? not bad!

The Good

  • We only spent half ($150!) of our gas budget (not including our trip).
  • We only spent $75 on dining out! (not including our trip)

The Bad

  • We spent $222 this month on gifts. With Father’s Day, a bridal shower and a birthday–these things accumulate! My plan is to start buying less expensive gifts and hope no one notices 🙂
  • Including hotel and transportation, we spent $1210.41 on our trip. It was a fabulous trip and very much needed, but I always wish we would spend a little less.  Our budget was $500 (about $100 a day), not including hotel ($410) and gas ($about 140) so I guess we didn’t do too bad.

The Ugly

  • Nothing too ugly, but in order to pay for our vacation, we don’t plan on contributing anything toward our savings this month. No biggie because we’re still set to reach our goal by August 15th!

Here’s some info that may affect our budget in the future:

  • Why do we need $8,000 in our savings account? Since January, we’ve been planning to save $8,000 for the four months Eric would be unemployed from late August to December when he is in the fire academy. We figured $8,000 is what we would need to get by (and also changing my tax witholdings).   We have been saving almost 20% of our income each month. BUT–because God always likes to have some fun with our plans–it turns out, we may not need this money to cover Eric’s unemployment…
  • Eric’s Job Future. Currently, there may be a new job opportunity for Eric. We don’t have any information right now as to when the job would begin and it is SO frustrating because Eric needs to let the academy know if he won’t be able to attend. He may need to push back his start date, or go part time. It’s unclear. Obviously, securing this job is #1 priority but we don’t want to lose the opportunity and also lose the academy. I hope everything gets cleared up by the end of this month.
  • AND if Eric does get the job, then that means those $8,000? 1) Pay off my CAR!!! and 2) Take a BIG Trip! and then start saving and reducing debt…again.

So there’s a lot of uncertainty right now and it’s driving me BATTY! I like plans and charts and color coded pie-charts.

Goals for July

  1. Reduce our grocery spending to $350.
  2. Figure out what’s going on with Eric’s job/academy.
  3. Pay off our vacation by not contributing to savings this month.
  4. Make extra $ this month by selling stuff online.

How do you make extra money online?  How is your budget going?

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City Girl August 7, 2011 - 6:20 pm

I think you guys have done a great job at sticking to a budget. And, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and sending prayers your way that Eric’s job comes through. xoxo

Teacher Girl July 12, 2011 - 1:50 pm

I know it must be frustrating to not know what Eric will be doing, but I am sure things are going to work out for the best. =)
Great job with your savings goals!

Lindy Mint July 12, 2011 - 11:56 am

Good luck with those goals. Even though things are up in the air, your plan looks pretty organized to me. And an $8,000 bonus fund would be fabulous! I’m pulling for that one to happen.

Couple A Saving July 11, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Giving gifts sucks! I actually love giving gifts but paying for them sucks! maybe you can find more creative ways to give gifts without paying a lot. I made my dad chocolate cupcakes with homemade peanutbutter icing and took him out for a few happy hour drinks. He loved it and it was so cheap and easy!

jobo July 11, 2011 - 12:39 pm

I LOVE hearing about potentials for Eric and a job! this is awesome. And you are kicking ass and taking names with your budget, I love it!!! My budget is doing okay, actually, EVEN with paying for my portion of the wine country trip coming up (for the kick-ass house that we are renting, that is) and paying for the rent and deposit for our new place in late August! AND saving too! 🙂


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