Even though there are 2 days left of the month, I'm calling it a wrap. It's very chilly here today, 25 below with the windchill, so we are not going anywhere today. Tomorrow I have to bring my car in to get a rock chip repaired in my windshield. My insurance will cover it if its repairable. I also have to run to my work to renew my work license before the end of the year.
I tracked all spending for December. I took our Christmas spending out as that is already budgeted for and medical spending as I'm waiting in a reimbursement from our flex medical account. Instead of looking at all the separate categories, I wanted to look at the big picture. Our new budget allows for $1580 for all variable spending. We spent $1402 this month for food, gas, eating out, entertainment, baby stuff, household needs, etc. I'm happy that we came in under budget but it has only happened with constant vigilance and careful planning. Y has been on board but I can tell that he's already getting bored.
The weather has been exceptionally cold here for so early. 25 and 30 below isn't uncommon here but those are usually January or February temps, not December ones. We will have to fill up on propane shortly. I will try to wait at least another couple weeks so we make it through the rest of the winter.
For good news, I'm currently playing for first in my fantasy football league. If I get second place, I get $30 but first is worth $50. I'm not sure what I will do with the money.
I am taking place in Carla's No/Low Spend January. There are a couple exceptions that I am going to allow myself. I have a bachelorette party and I will be ready to have a couple drinks. I will also buy tax software because I will be doing our taxes this year. I will also need to buy a few things for the baby for when I go back to work like bottles. I do consider those necessities though. I'm hoping that I get the last of our medical bills in January so I can take care of those.
How cold is it where you're at? Anybody else hibernating?