I finally have some plans for other blog posts this week, so I won’t be diving into a new topic as part of this week’s spending report post.
Let’s get down to business!
Weekly Spending Report
-$274.27 phone bill
-$16.22 lunch on the way to the city
-$40 homeschool supplies
-$37.58 clothes for the kids (dress for Karsyn and nice polo for Brett)
-$19.99 business expense
-$9 business expense
-$16.88 lunch out
-$11.58 lunch out
I’m frustrated to say that you’ll be seeing that phone bill on here twice this month. One thing all of this tracking is doing and making me see just how off I’ve been on keeping track of things. But I’m determined to end this month with everything caught up and a better tracking system in place. Once upon a time, I was amazingly on top of all of this stuff, but I feel like all of my habits and routines have been tossed on their heads this year.
We did keep the dining out down this week, only a tad more than last week (and still a huge drop from the first two weeks of the month). Grabbing fast food for lunch on days Josh works has become our habit. That’s a pretty easy fix if we do a little meal prep, so we’ll work on that this week. And I’m recognizing that starting in September, our grocery bill will climb back up as three kids return from visiting family friends in Michigan.
New categories this week are Fuel and Homeschool. I was actually surprised to see that this is the first time we’ve bought fuel this month. We’ve been cutting out our trips to the city when we’re bored, and it’s making a difference. Homeschool expense was mostly a planner for Karsyn. We’ll be working on personal responsibility and time management with her this season and I’m really looking forward to that.
And I’m a little annoyed with the business expense this week. Y’all, I finally broke down and sprung for Adobe Creative Cloud. After six years of clinging to CS6, I’d finally had enough of the constant crashing and updates that solved nothing. Since launching my new Etsy shop, I’m spending even more time in the Adobe programs and I just couldn’t deal with it anymore. I’ve fought this for a while now because I didn’t want to add another subscription, but I guess it was just time.
And the last thing I’m noting for this week’s evaluation is that nothing was moved to savings this week. And that’s because, for the first time in a long time, we had a week where no client pay came in. We are restructuring the bank accounts we use and it shifted the deposit schedule, so it feels odd to not have moved even a little bit since we use a “round-up” rule to move money on a regular basis. Next week we should be back to normal on that, though.