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Thursday, October 6

My Frugal Miser - September Expenses: $3,374

In September most of my spending was fairly typical.  The only categories where I spent more than normal were entertainment (gambling in Las Vegas early in the month) and vacation (same trip plus a few other minor expenses when I went to Panama City Beach for mystery shopping).

September Expenses
$219 Auto (all for fuel)
$0 Bank Fees
$0 Clothing
$289 Food
$369 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol)
$0 Gifts Given
$2 Household
$100 Health Insurance
$0 Medical
$354 Interest on Debt (not including Mortgage Interest)
$0 Miscellaneous
$403 Mortgage Interest (primary residence)
$776 Mortgage Interest (rental properties)
$0 Personal Care
$0 Subscriptions
$168 Utilities
$695 Vacation

Total September Expenses : $3,374

  • I spent $219 on fuel, which included a circuitous mystery shopping trip to Atlanta, another to Panama City Beach, FL, and a couple of trips to see my grandfather in the hospital.  It does NOT include the gas I used in Las Vegas and Phoenix.  I categorize that under "Vacation".
  • My food budget was for two people. I averaged under $9.63 per day for two people in September  This is higher than normal because we ate out a lot.  We ate out a lot because we spent a lot of time working on the new rental house and didn't feel like cooking.
  • Interest on debt will be higher than the normal ~$100 per month for the foreseeable future. I took out a loan to help a friend who was about to lose her car.  Eventually I will be paid back for this loan.  The interest on that loan was $143 in September.

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