We are all at home today due to the third blizzard in two weeks. I would rather have the cold than the blizzards. However, its not my choice.
Our grocery spending is at $441.33. My goal was to keep this under $450 for the month. I did some stocking up last week because canned tomatoes, beans, soups, veggies and tomato sauce were all on sale. I also included things for the baby in this category like diapers and wipes. Honestly, that stuff is too expensive to sneak it into this category. I either need to increase my grocery budget or do a separate line item for baby. I think I will separate it. My new goal is to keep this under $500 for the month.
Another goal for the month was to keep all other spending to $300, excluding gas. We are at $283 which includes a trip to Menard's for supplies to start finishing our basement. I'm pretty happy with this category.
Gas--I budget $500 and we're at $223.22. We are way below budget here. Woohoo!
I had a goal of paying for all medical bills this month with the savings from our low spend month. We paid all of mine and I submitted them for reimbursement from our medical flex account. The gal in HR refused it and said we needed to go back to the hospital and request that they take our insurance company's in-network rate (even though they are out-of-network). I was annoyed but did it. They revised it and I owed $190 less. Cool beans! Yesterday I received the bill for Baby G so I called the hospital this morning to see if they would revise it again. She said she would look at it and let me know.
Besides paying medical bills, my goal was to increase our regular savings to $3000. I'm happy to report that it is at $3000 now and I received the medical flex this morning for $709. I'm hoping that after I pay for Baby G's medical bills, I will still be able to add another $300.
I have everything ready to file our taxes but need to wait until the end if the month. After the debacle last year with the accountant, I've decided to do them myself. I'm not sure what software to buy. Anybody have any ideas? TurboTax or TaxAct? I'm hoping for a refund of around $1500.