This is every penny we spent this month for expenses. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in comments.
Groceries $ 334.56
Household Maint. 229.41
Alarm Monitoring 30.90
Cable TV, Int, Telep. 138.20
AAA - 77.00
Total $ 2897.90
Most of the grocery bill was shopping for the stockpile and company. Restaurant and Takeout was for a dinner out and 2 takeouts.
Household maintenance was for items to make a couple of repairs, flowers for the yard, and storage bins for the basement.
Gasoline was high because it included gas for our mini vacation.
Medical was high because we paid our monthly premium, got 5 prescriptions, payed a medical bill, and paid $738. to the dentist. The $ 738. was for cleanings, fluoride treatments, and exams for both of us, X-rays for Hubby and some teeth bonding for me.
Clothing was for a pair of shorts for me.
Liquor and beer was to replenish our wine, liquor and beer supply for the summer. We have already entertained some company and we have a lot more coming in the next month.
We continue to use Netflix to watch movies. The alarm monitoring is for Guardian to protect us and our home.
Gas and Electric was high but it was cold this spring and the heat didn't get turned off until almost June. Cable TV, the internet, and telephone are a necessity in this house. Most of it is our entertainment.
Vacation was the mini vacation that I posted about. This included the cost of the Bed and Breakfast, some meals, and a couple of items we purchased for us. The gasoline for the trip I included in gasoline above.
AAA was for our yearly membership in case our car breaks down. Gifts were for my granddaughter whose birthday is next week.
This was a high month for expenses but with all we have been doing around here, we needed that little vacation. Plus our monthly expenses are always high when we visit the dentist since we have no insurance.
Our income was higher this month than most months for a number of different reasons( including rebates) so we were able to invest $ 6500. which brings our yearly savings for 2017 to $26,500. Not too shabby for a 5 month total. I am hoping to invest a hefty amount next month by slashing costs for June. For those that are new here, we continue to save as much as we can in retirement so that we never run out of money. That is our biggest goal but we also want to help pay our granddaughter's private school junior high and high school tuition. There is also a possibility that our grandson will be going to a private school for those same years. So we are making it a priority to help with this huge cost.
I will be back later this week with a post about why we have been so busy the past few weeks and what we have been up to. See you then......