December turned out pretty well. We netted $1500 for the month, and that was after our travel costs to get to our new job. This post is only about the month of December but I will be working on the annual budget and that will be out in a few days, so buy some popcorn now and avoid the long lines. Details for this month are below.
Groceries and Dining Out – This month was really low coming in $240 under budget. The reason for this was spending time at our in-laws and then traveling to Texas. Since we had next to no food when we left Kentucky, we bought fast food as we traveled. If you lump all the categories together we were $64 to the good, which worked out nicely.
Entertainment – We went over by $59 dollars because we bought books prior to heading to our gate. We also went to the Jim Beam Distillery and although the tickets were very reasonably priced, the souvenirs we bought, not so much.
Cell and Internet – After some difficulty we were finally able to get a correction on our bill and will receive a credit in January for the amount they have been charging us for my new cell phone. If you remember I paid cash for the phone, but they have been billing me for it each month anyway. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to reflect the credit in this calendar year, but since it was only around $160 I didn’t think it mattered much in the grand scheme of things.
Truck Fuel – As you can see we spent over $800 traveling from Kentucky to Columbus and then across Texas. Will be interesting to see how this category turns out when we look at the entire year.
Gifts – We bought Christmas presents for the girls, and presents for my niece and nephew. I honestly don’t know what to do with this category next year. I’ll have to look at the whole year and Lee and I will talk about it.
Miscellaneous – Although the warranty company paid some of the bill to fix the furnace, we ended up paying $178.76. I’m so happy that it is working now that it doesn’t really bother me, but it was not an expected expense.
I know this is a short one, but I wanted to wait until the annual post to get into more details. I was happy though that we did manage to cover our travel costs both to and from Kentucky although it didn’t cover all of our living costs for October. Still, with the bonus at the end, it was better than I originally thought it would be.
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