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Friday, June 4

My Frugal Miser - May Expenses: $3,393

This is only the second month I have highlighted my expenses, so expect some tweaking for the next few months. My total expenses in May were close to my April expenses.

May Expenses

$653 Auto ($3 for service, $132 for fuel, $370 Depreciation, $148 for speeding ticket
$13 Clothing
$118 Food (both groceries and eating out)
$74 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol)
$2 Home Repair
$94 Household (pest control, fire dues, cleaning supplies, etc.)
$107 Health Insurance
$0 Medical
$579 Vacation (cruise, weekend in Atlanta, $100 deposit toward next cruise)
$145 Interest on Debt (not including Mortgage Interest)
$0 Miscellaneous
$447 Mortgage Interest (primary residence)
$834 Mortgage Interest (rental properties)
$20 Personal Care (hair cut)
$308 Utilities

Total May Expenses : $3,393


  • Thanks to mystery shopping, I only spent $132 for fuel even though I drove more than 4,000 miles.
  • I separate my mortgage interest by personal residence versus rental properties. I think this is an important distinction: the personal residence interest is an expense I should exercise control over moving forward when looking at ways to be frugal; the other is an expense that generates income.
  • I had two outstanding speeding tickets this month. I paid a fine on one and will take driving school on the other. The cost of driving school will be included in my June expenses.


  1. Maybe take a little of the lead out of your foot to save a little? Hee, Hee!

  2. I'm not proud of all the tickets I've had Marilyn, that's for sure. I'm also not proud of the $20 haircut, but I was leaving for my cruise and in a hurry. Usually I pay $7 at the cosmetology school, but I really should just learn to cut my own hair.