My original ambition for starting this blog was to share my family’s real numbers and real budget as we strive to climb out of 6 figures of debt. This is my monthly budget report post in which I do exactly that. Please be kind and non-judgmental as I make something as personal as finances a public affair.
Oh, April. Tax month. Blech. While we didn’t have to pay a ridiculous amount of taxes like others do, we still had to shell out a few hundred bucks to our city.
Below you’ll find my easy-to-read snapshot of our monthly budget. It is comprised of 3 categories: Budgeted, Actual, and Results. I fill in the Budgeted at the beginning of the month, enter data in the Actual twice each month (mid-month check-in and end of the month), and the Results column is designed with formulas to easily show us if we were over, under or on budget and by how much.
We spent $605.00 eating out at restaurants this month. What the &*%^! A chunk of that is from a wonderful night out for a friend’s birthday, but that still leaves $500 in restaurant costs. Live and learn, I suppose. We will diligently work on this during May.
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