Last month, after my blogging expenses, I earned $2,142.18 and my husband earned $2,114.17, giving us a combined total of $4256.35. While this is great, we also had a number of expenses that weren’t in the budget, so you will see that this budget runs negative. Through a series of different activities, I plan to generate additional revenue. In addition, my husband will be reimbursed for conference expenses after the conference (hopefully sooner rather than later!).
March, 2012 Budget
Laundry 30 (we have to use a coin operated washer; we air dry our clothes)
Groceries 250 (our grocery stockpile is getting fairly low, but we still have some beef, beans and grains, so for this month we will try to shop for only fresh veggies and fruit until the budget improves)
Toiletries & Diapers 80
Son’s school 410 (school is cancelled for a few days, so we didn’t have to pay as much)
Gas/Transportation 150 ($100 for my husband’s public transportation and $50 for gas. We plan to walk, A LOT!)
My Student Loan 192
DH Student Loans 155
Life insurance 77
Husband’s spending money 0
My spending money 0
Credit card payments 270 (we normally pay $377 so extra goes on the principle, but this month, we will just pay the minimum)
Unplanned for Expenses (which are making the budget negative)
Car Repair 586.04
Son’s summer school deposit 300
Daughter’s preschool deposit 300
Husband’s conference 1,200 (he will be reimbursed AFTER the conference)
CSA Share 536.50
We are $1,955.19 over budget this month. The good news is that we will be reimbursed $1,200, and that the $300 for my son’s deposit will be used to pay part of his tuition this summer. Also, the CSA shares combined with the garden we will grow will allow us to avoid buying produce for most of the summer.
**In the month of February, I brought in $2,485.63 (but a lesser amount made its way to this month as my income because of blogging expenses). In January I made $3,811.33, giving me an average of $3,148.48 a month so far, well above my target average of $2,500 a month.