So, I never actually shared my budget at the beginning of the month, because that’s when I decided to take a two-week break from writing. (Thank you again for understanding!) May was a pretty quiet month, other than a one-week trip home to Victoria and Tofino, but I still went over in a few categories. Let’s take a look.
May was the first month I budgeted for my new savings goals – and met them! I also stayed on budget during my trip home – although I lost track of where $20 or so went in Tofino, so I just rounded up. And my fixed expenses (housing and health care) all remained unchanged.
Now, can we not talk about how much I spent on food this month? Honestly, that disgusts me. How did more than $400 go into my belly!? I do know the answer: I spent wayyy too much on takeout when I was in Victoria. After adding up the numbers at the end of my trip, I put my spending on lockdown.
The little amount I spent on gas surprised me at first, until I looked at my tank on Saturday (May 31st) and realized I would have to fill up on Sunday (June 1st). Ha!
Finally, I bought myself a thin summer hoodie from the surf shop Baby Sis works at, and did a Walmart run for toiletries, which put me over budget for “Personal Care”. I also pitched in for Mother’s Day, and watched $40 cash disappear from my wallet. (Seriously, I’m the worst at keeping receipts. I could never live off cash.)
In the end, I put 19.5% of my income in long-term savings, spent 37% on housing, 13% on food (won’t be repeating that next month), 9% on transportation, 10.5% on travel, 3% on health care, 4% on myself, 2.5% on gifts for others and donated 1.5% to charity.
Goals for this month:
To be honest, I didn’t set any. However, I can tell you I worked out at least 4 days each week (even if they are short and not as intense as I’d like, they are workouts nonetheless!), got a lot of freelance writing done and started to map out my summer budgets.
How did your month finish up?