Post Series: My Spending

I have the most control of this section. These are all my individual purchases that don’t affect my husband at all. Here is where I want to match my spending to my priorities.

Work Food – Chocolate and other snacks that I buy specifically to enjoy during my office job.

Eating Out/Coffee – This is for non-work food that I buy just for my own enjoyment. This is a priority to me and I want to stop chastising myself for spending money in this area. This is a line item where I want to spend at least up to $20, rather than under $20.

Hobbies – This is books, music, computer games.

Entertainment – I want to increase this area as well, as I want to start going to the occasional play or musical.

Health – Includes things like glasses, physiotherapy. Hopefully this year will be less expensive than last year; I never want to go to physio. But I budgeted high because it’s unpredictable.

Clothes/Shoes – I bought a few items last year and don’t anticipate needing anything more this year so hopefully will be under budget.

Bank Fees – I have to get my chequing account back up to the amount where my fees are waived and then this expense will go away.

Charity – I have reduced this for this year. I was making automatic monthly contributions, but I decided to stop that so I’d have more money for the occasional cause that comes my way. I’ll increase my donation amount when I feel I’m making enough money again.

Animals – I had a one-time expense last year of buying a rat cage. Ongoing it should only be rat food and supplies and I should be able to sell the cage eventually.

Travel Alone – I plan to fly out to Edmonton once this year by myself so need to budget for that.

Business – I may need more money than this but will take some out of savings. I’ve spent more than my budgeted amount in the first three months of the year but a lot of this is once a year things like hosting and domain registration, so it should even out.

And here is the summary of all my spending, not including taxes.

 

To view the other sections of this series click below:

Introduction
Housing and Utilities
Transportation
Other Joint Expenses

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