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Wednesday, April 4

My Frugal Miser - March Expenses: $4,166

My March expenses were a good bit higher than February.  The biggest difference is that in March I had to replace the bathtub at one of my properties.  That cost nearly $1,500.  I also didn't have the luxury of free gas from mystery shopping last month.  I completed quite a few non-petroleum shops and did quite a bit of driving.  With gas almost $4 a gallon, my budget took a serious hit.

March Personal Expenses ($1,453)
$334 Auto ($310 fuel, $24 service)
$0 Bank Fees
$7 Clothing
$44 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol)
$107 Food
$0 Gifts Given
$32 Home Repair
$210 Household
$0 Homeowner's Association Dues
$139 Health and Dental Insurance
$0 Medical
$0 Miscellaneous
$386 Mortgage Interest (primary residence)
$0 Personal Care
$0 Subscriptions
$20 Taxes
$174 Utilities
$0 Vacation

March Business Expenses ($2,713)

$753 Mortgage Interest (rental properties)
$289 Interest on Debt (not including Mortgage Interest)
$1,671 Rental Properties - Maintenance and Repairs

Total March Expenses : $4,166

  • I spent over $300 on gas.  The majority of my driving was to do mystery shops, but I also made several trips to my grandfather's house to cut the grass and tend to things there.  
  • Under $200 for all my utilities:  makes me proud.  This includes my unlimited smartphone plan with Republic Wireless, natural gas, electricity, water and sewer.
  • While I spent a lot on gas, I spent very little for food.  The common link:  mystery shops.  Much of the food, whether groceries or restaurants, was covered with reimbursements.
  • I have reduced Interest on Debt by nearly $100/mo. over the last 8 months.  Soon this expense will be less than $200 per month.


  1. Since the increase in expenses was mostly work-related they aren't really anything to worry about. Your expenses were quite a bit lower than your income which is a lot more than I can say.

  2. @Andy, sorry to read about your network troubles. Hope you get things worked out. How was the hike?

  3. The hike was good. I'll probably do a quick recap of the hike in this weekend's post.