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Friday, May 3

My Frugal Miser - April Expense: $3,858

I spent more in April than I should have.  A big part of the added expense was the four new tires I bought for my grandfather's truck.  I also did not do enough gas station mystery shops to offset my driving.  I paid for an investing conference I will be attending in November ($295).  Finally, I spent more on food, entertainment, and clothing than I normally do.

My goal for May is to keep my personal expenses under $1,500.  Since I am attending the Berkshire Hathaway meeting in Omaha this weekend, my travel expenses are going to make this a tough goal to keep.

April Personal Expenses ($2,291)

$531 Auto ($319 for tires, $50 for four filters, $162 for fuel)
$0 Bank Fees
$72 Clothing
$197 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol)
$247 Food
$74 Gifts Given
$551 Household/Housing/Home Repair
$159 Health and Dental Insurance
$338 Investment Expenses
$0 Medical/Dental
$0 Miscellaneous
$31 Personal Care
$0 Subscriptions
$0 Taxes
$23 Utilities
$68 Vacation and Recreation

April Business Expenses ($1,567)

$1056 Mortgage Interest (rental properties)
$123 Interest on Debt (not including Mortgage Interest)
$388 Rental Properties - Maintenance and Repairs

Total April Expenses : $3,858

  • I don't include principal payments in my expenses, only the interest portion of the monthly mortgage bills.
  • I expect Auto Service expense to continue to be high, but it is still lower than the cost of acquiring a new car.  In April I bought new tires for my grandfather's truck.  I also bought new air filters for both cars and a cabin air filter for the Corolla.

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