Welcome to week 5! How many of us have been staying on track with our budgets? I received a facebook message from Bre that she and her husband, JB, have been using the spreadsheets and they have been coming under budget! I wish I could have the same luck. LOL. I’m not sure if my spending allowance is unrealistic or we seriously have a problem sticking to a budget. Each week-end Jon asks how we are doing, and I don’t like telling him the honest truth. But it is the truth so I must tell.
This past week we had some big purchases for the kids. I’ll be posting next week what some of the money was spent on, but we spent $70 on them, and I spent $75 on maternity clothes. My bump is getting bigger every week and I’m more pointy this time around and my shirts are not lasting as they did last pregnancy. I was a super shopper and went to Ross to get some tops. They had solid vnecks (what I was shopping for) at $5.99 a piece. But I also found a few other tops that were cute and figured I should have some that are a bit dressier. I have a few blogger networking & conference events coming up, and I should dress up a bit. I also found a pair of denim shorts for $10 and couldn’t resist. The pair I had from Aubrey were too small with her and I got rid of them after I gave birth. I guess I closet purged a bit too early.
So, all things considered, if we took out that $140, we would have been under budget! We spent $361.86 and for the month we’re at $712.19. Bre also asked when I’d be posting my monthly recap spreadsheets to get quick glances at everything. I will be working on that and have it ready for the final recap for April. Since I didn’t start this project at the beginning of March, I feel April would be the best month to start it in.
So how are you doing? I know the document has received a bunch of pins – are you finding it helpful? Leave a comment!
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