Expenses: April 2016

ExpensesExpense 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 a Michael Phelps tracks his gold medals (the Olympics are this summer, woo!).

How else will you know when your Hoard is big enough?

Without further ado, here are the numbers for April (rounded to the nearest dollar):

Mortgage: $710

Groceries: $507

Utilities (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash, internet): $112

Cell phones: $46

Netflix: $9

Gym: $8

Restaurants/fast food/bars: $43

Insurances (car, personal property, life, dental): $64

Gas/Car: $28

Home improvement: $239

Travel: $0

Healthcare: $0

Entertainment: $0

Hobbies: $5

Gifts/Charity: $40

Clothing/Shoes: $122

Baby stuff: $310

Goblins: $112

TOTAL: $2355

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 spray paint and posterboard for a picture we are hanging in the nursery, the renewal fee for our Sam’s membership, a mattress cover, and the renewal fee for antivirus protection on my laptop.

The first category that might jump out is the new one: Baby stuff.  We are less than two months away from the delivery of Baby Dragon, so we are starting to get things ready for him. I think we’ve done really well on the baby front thus far.  Here’s a list of things we bought with that $310: crib, crib mattress, two sets of crib sheets, high chair, My Breast Friend nursing pillow and cover, Bumbo seat with a tray, swing, bouncer, baby bath, stroller.

We saved a LOT of money by buying all of this stuff used via a combination of garage sales and craigslist. For example, the retail cost of the crib by itself is $379.99 and the stroller is $199.  Of course, not all used items are created equal, but we feel really good about the quality of all the items we’ve purchased so far.

There are also some things we are definitely buying new, like an infant car seat.  But, luckily, our coworkers chipped in and got us one for our baby shower!  Sweet!

Babies come with a lot of ongoing expenses, like diapers, but we’re pretty stocked up in terms of “baby stuff.”  We also already bought a glider, but it will show up in May’s expenses.

The $5 in hobbies was for a drop-in yoga class that Mrs. Dragon attended.  Prenatal yoga is supposed to make for an easier birth. Here’s hoping!

Groceries have been steadily creeping upward recently, and I’m not sure what I think about it.  On the one hand, we’ve been buying some “craving” stuff for Mrs. Dragon that we wouldn’t normally buy. On the other hand, if you’re going to spend the money it’s better to spend it at the store than at a restaurant.  Plus you gotta keep your pregnant wife happy!  Amiright!

The $239 in home improvement was for a new lawn mower.  I tried to love my reel mower, I really did.  But we live in a dry area and I have serious weeds in my yard.  The reel mower does not like those weeds.  I found myself dreading mowing the lawn and when I realized that was happening I said “fuck it” and bought a gas mower. It works like a dream!

I also bought a pair of $122 shoes for work.  They’re Lem’s brand and I love them.  I have a very wide toe box and foot issues run in my family, so I’m trying to take preventative measures here.  Normally I wouldn’t spend $100+ on a pair of shoes, but I have to admit that the Nine2five from Lem’s is super comfortable while work appropriate.  Happy customer here.

All-in-all I’m quite happy with $2355 for the month.  Considering we bought all that baby stuff and a new lawn mower it’s a bit lower than I was expecting, honestly.  Here’s hoping May is also sub $2500!

How was April for you? Has your spending been trending up, down, or flat since the beginning of the year?

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2 thoughts on “Expenses: April 2016

  1. Keeping a pregnant wife happy is THE most important job of the husband during the nine month waiting! Job well done.
    All the buys you make seem to pass the frugal test: needs, not wants.
    We also have a more expensive lawn mower. It is perfect for our garden and saves me 15 minutes per week… Worth a little extra cash.

    • Haha, thanks for the affirmation! I like to think I’ve been doing a pretty good job of keeping Mrs. Dragon happy. Yeah, the lawnmower situation was getting unbearable. I either needed to muster up some more will power or get a gas mower. But all my will power is tied up in other, more important, things, so we just bought the mower. I hope all is well in Belgium!

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