What we spent: March 2012

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Gotta admit, March was expensive.

Clothes – New wallet for T; his was literally in tatters.

Dining – About $50 over goal… there was a slightly pricey but excellent yum cha breakfast, food at the Pasifika festival (it’s official; not really my kinda cuisine), the Puhoi tea rooms (woot! Crossed off my life list), birthday dinner for a friend, discovering the awesome Pakistani curry house down the road, and other bits and bobs. Yum.

Entertainment – Went to the Hunger Games! I’m pretty happy with the adaptation. I rooted for Gale in the books (I always seem to go for the underdog; I was a Jacob fan myself) but when it came to the film, became a Peeta convert. (To be fair, Gale got hardly any screentime, but he was just a bit too pretty.)

Fines – the second of those two speeding tickets

Groceries – all good, moving right on…

Health – new running shoes for T. Ouch.

Holidays/events – Taking T’s brother out for his birthday.

Rent – Five weeks in March. Ouch.

T fun – Xbox stuff. A BB gun. Getting his RC car fixed. And other miscellany. Good thing only one of us is a spender.

Vehicle – T hasn’t been taking his bike very often, and there were two days I had to drive out way south for a conference, so I’m happy this wasn’t actually higher.

And an update on our savings goals:

Our road trip fund: $2300 (minus $450 on flights and campervan deposit, paid for)

Wedding: $535

How did your March go?

10 thoughts on “What we spent: March 2012

  • Reply worksavelive April 10, 2012 at 00:01

    Your rent/mortgage is an extremely high percentage of your income but it’s awesome you’re still making it all work despite that. Congrats!

    Our March was miserable! 🙁 We failed pretty miserably at being disciplined last month.

    • Reply eemusings April 10, 2012 at 08:44

      It’s percentage of spending, not income – and this was a 5-week month, so looks higher than usual! In a normal 4-week month and as percentage of income, it’s more like 20 percent.:)

  • Reply worksavelive April 10, 2012 at 00:02

    Your rent/mortgage is a pretty high percentage of your income but that’s awesome you’re still able to make everything work! Congrats!

    Our March was miserable. 🙁 We didn’t do a very good job of being disciplined.

  • Reply Michelle April 10, 2012 at 01:28

    Speeding tickets stink! March went ok for us, not the greatest.

  • Reply addvodka April 10, 2012 at 04:17

    I went to the Hunger Games too and I liked Peeta in the books – Gale was way too pretty. All the other characters were dishevelled!

  • Reply Leigh April 10, 2012 at 05:24

    I was a Jacob fan too, but mostly because I thought his actor was more attractive than Edward’s, haha!

  • Reply Cassie April 10, 2012 at 07:50

    For some reason I always picture your budget as just yours, not yours and T’s. $200 for two people to eat out is pretty impressive! Even if it is over budget, well done.

  • Reply MommaStar April 10, 2012 at 09:44

    T has an rc car too? My husband bought his for $350 which made me almost loose it. Those things are pretty cool but the amount of money they spend on it is insane, in my eyes.

    • Reply eemusings April 10, 2012 at 09:59

      He got it for cheap off his brother. But I don’t think it’s going to stick around – little things keep going wrong with it. It’s really only good for one mad session at a time!

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