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Spending Roundup for March

 Here’s the breakdown of where my money went in March:

Fixed Expenses
These are the easy ones. My car payment, car insurance, AT&T bill, cable/internet, and CC payments fall into this category. I budgeted $750 and spent $750.

Budget was $250. I spent $212.20. Hooray!

Gas is currently $3.52/gal. in my area. Thank goodness my car gets 43 mpg! I budgeted $200 and spent $200.66. I may have to adjust my budget if gas prices keep rising.

I contributed $200 to my Roth in March and $200 toward savings, just as planned. This is automated so it’s easy to stay on track! I also rolled an old 401(k) into an IRA, so that $200 will be rolled into my Roth as soon as the paperwork is processed.

Budget was $150. I spent $148.81. This is another possible area of adjustment, because I know my electric bill is going to rise when I start running the air conditioner. Time to get on levelized billing!

Budget was $150. I spent $173.32. FAIL!

Budget was $100. I spent $101.92. I really want to quit throwing this money out the window, but it’s so hard to quit. I’m going to try to smoke less than a pack a day in April.

Budget for this category was $150. I spent $220.24, including $150 on random unnecessary shopping. FAIL!

Overall, my budget for the month was $2150 and I spent $2207.15. Over by $57.15.

About Andrea Whitmer

Andrea is a freelance web developer and mom trying to maintain a sense of humor in an otherwise chaotic world. She blogs in hopes of helping others avoid the same mistakes she made in the past. Join in the discussion here on So Over This, or connect on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google Plus. You can also subscribe to new posts via RSS so you never miss out!


  1. thanks for visiting my site. Smoking definitely is an expensive habit. Packs costs about $9/pack where I live. It's a tough habit to break, but it's definitely worth while. I'm on my 5th day without smoking…it's tough.

  2. $9 for ONE PACK?!?!?! Wow! I'm paying $38 per carton, so about $3.80 per pack, and I thought I really had something to complain about. I made it about 6 days in 2009, but that was my last attempt to quit. Even tried Chantix in 2007 and smoked the whole time I was taking it. I don't know what I'm going to do; I just know something needs to happen here!

  3. The Single Saver says

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  4. Great job on the spending! Have you tried hypnotism for the smoking?

  5. You know, I have a former coworker who does hypnotherapy. He mentioned a long time ago that I should try it but I never did. That's definitely a thought!

  6. In Chicago a pack of cigarettes cost about $9. I know. it's ridiculous. Today is my 5th day without smoking 🙂

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