These roundups include mine/joint expenses, but not any of T’s blow money, which also includes any work lunches and the odd work expense.
Clothes and grooming – Mostly my new Trilogy Everything Balm – a godsend and my new holy grail of skincare. Packed with natural oils (including rosehip), it’s totally transformed my parched skin. It’s also good for the rest of the body – dry spots, eczema etc. I’ve heard people compare it to Elizabeth Arden eight-hour cream, even.
Debt repayments – T trucking along with repaying me, albeit slowly as his hours fluctuated this month.
Dining and bars – A little higher than usual; we had some wicked Indian food at Diwali, dumplings and soup at hidden gem/diamond in the rough New Flavour restaurant; wonton soup when I was sick; and other miscellany.
Entertainment – Two ridiculously overpriced drinks at Vector Arena on Metallica night, our Fatso subscription, and a rogue $20 withdrawal I can’t quite place.
Groceries – We shop on weekends. It was a five weekend month. Amazingly, we’re right on target taking that into consideration.
Holidays – T’s charter fishing trip I booked for his birthday.
Home expenses – Replacing our TV/laptop.
Mystery shopping – This month included purchases of a meal and drinks out and a long necklace from Max (reimbursed, obviously).
Savings – as usual, only counts T’s and “extra” savings on my part, not regular savings (44% of my net, woot!)
T fun – Xbox subscription, which had to be paid by credit card.
Utilities – ever so slightly lower than usual thanks to our AECT dividend which was credited to our power account, but almost made up for by higher cellphone/Sky TV bills.
Vehicle and transport – $100 new car battery, $101.40 bus, leaving less than $200 on gas which is nothing short of primo.
So far, frugal November isn’t off to the best start. We’re talking $50 on clothes – I found the perfect pair of summer sandals, and T has to buy some shirts for work. Also, our quarterly contents insurance payment is due. It also looks like some car expenses will be rearing their ugly head – necessary but painful.
Still, who can dwell on the negative when the weather is this glorious???