Expense report! Since I’m a total voyeur for finance, these types of details are exactly the kind that I love to read on other people’s blogs.
Don’t get me wrong though, these numbers are primarily written for me and Mrs. Dragon. Every good FIRE breather knows that to be successful, you have to track your expenses. You have to track them like you track the days of our lives.
How else will you know when your Hoard is big enough?
Without further ado, here are the numbers for February (rounded to the nearest dollar):
Utilities (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash, internet): $216
Cell phones: $23
Restaurants/fast food/bars: $140
Insurances (car, personal property, life, dental): $288
Home improvement/maintenance: $81
Baby stuff: $85
The Goblins category is a catch-all for stuff that we don’t always spend money on. All the little budget goblins that steal our money throughout the month. This month it included some return shipping costs and some bric-a-brac around the house.
Restaurant spending was up this month because our department is hiring and Mrs. Dragon and I had to wine-and-dine some potential candidates. It was mostly fun though, so I’m not complaining.
The home expense was our quarterly bug treatment.
Healthcare was a therapy session for Mrs. Dragon.
The spending on hobbies was mostly related to hosting fees for this blog 🙂 but I also bought some feed corn to make corn-hole bags (bean bag toss game, for you n00bs).
The baby stuff was diapers and a copay for urgent care. Baby Dragon is fine. It was just the weekend and BD was running a fever of 103. Scary but all is well.
Overall spending was still just a little high this month, but I’m happy with it. This level of spending long-term would be a-OK.