$1,031 Auto ($615 for insurance, $53 for service, $36 for fuel, $326 Depreciation)
$148 Food (both groceries and eating out)
$911 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol)
$36 Gifts Given
$0 Home Repair
$444 Household (new phone, Blu Ray player, etc.)
$107 Health Insurance
$106 Interest on Debt (not including Mortgage Interest)
$439 Mortgage Interest (primary residence)
$823 Mortgage Interest (rental properties)
$10 Personal Care
$295 Taxes (car tags)
Total August Expenses : $5,057
- Thanks to mystery shopping, I spent $36 for fuel even though I drove nearly 4,000 miles.
- I paid $50 to Pop-a-lock when I left my keys in the car during a gas station audit. I'm hoping to get this reimbursed through a roadside assistance service provided by my insurance.
- 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 was pleasantly surprised by the car tag fee. Last year I still had the BMW and the fee was much higher. It will be even lower next year since this year I had to pay two years' taxes on the new car that replaced the BMW.
- Spending on food was right where I want it to be at roughly $5 per day.