Monthly Status Report: July 2016

Why do I do a month­ly sta­tus report? I find it best to do a month­ly sta­tus report for a few rea­sons. It helps me eval­u­ate how I did the pre­vi­ous month. Did I hit a tar­get reduc­tion in spend­ing or did I go way over bud­get for a par­tic­u­lar cat­e­gory? Did I earn more? What was my over­all sav­ings rate? It helps keep me account­able. How … Read more

Monthly Status Report: February 2016

Quick note: Astute read­ers may notice a change in this report. Mint is act­ing up again, so I’ve decid­ed to switch from show­ing updates from it to updates from my spread­sheet. Much more reli­able, even if it is a bit more work. I also decid­ed to show a more com­plete snap­shot of my finances and include my income and … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: August 2015

  Hard to believe August is already over! It flew by in a flur­ry of sports, fun activ­i­ties and a vari­ety of oth­er events. The State Fair was in town, so I attend­ed a cou­ple of con­certs and ate more fat­ten­ing fair food than I should have. I went back home to vis­it with my fam­i­ly and friends for a long week­end. … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: April 2015

Wow. Where did April go? It seems like just yes­ter­day I was post­ing March’s report. April went by super fast due to a num­ber of activ­i­ties I par­tic­i­pat­ed in, which lead to a LOT of expens­es. This month was basi­cal­ly shot in only 2 weeks. How­ev­er, I tight­ened my belt and it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. List­ed … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: March 2015

I’m going to do a series of month­ly spend­ing reports, where­in (as one might guess) I will be expos­ing the nit­ty grit­ty details of my month­ly bud­get. I want to do this for sev­er­al rea­sons. One, to out­line that not spend­ing much isn’t ter­ri­bly dif­fi­cult, and two, to help you all hold me account­able to my promis­es. How … Read more