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Wednesday, April 2

My Frugal Miser - March Expenses: $3,980

I was back to my glutinous ways in March.  While I need to spend less than $1,667/mo. to achieve my spending goal, I was way over.

Nearly all of the overage was in the Vacation category. During our Hawaii trip we took a 14 hour tour that included volcanoes and remote beaches ($286).  All of the food we ate while in Hawaii is also in the Vacation category.  Additionally, my partner decided to travel to Omaha with me for the Berkshire Hathaway meeting, so I purchased another ticket.  I paid for a flight to New York to attend the Biglari Holdings annual meeting later this month.  Finally, I bought two roundtrip tickets to Las Vegas in May.  Some hotel stays for each of these trips were prepaid as well.  As you can see we will be doing a lot of travel in the next 60 days.

 I've been resisting replacing the S-10, so servicing the Beast is expensive.  In March I replaced the transmission fluid.  While in Hawaii I dropped my Chromebook and cracked the screen.  I had to buy another computer so that I could enter my mystery shopping reports.  When I returned to the mainland I was able to replace the broken screen for $42, but now I have an extra computer.  The only other expense that bothers me is the $130 I spent on clothing.  A large part of that was for a white dress shirt I needed for a hospitality event I worked.  I have a dozen dress shirts, but none were solid white.  I also bought several moisture wicking shirts that were on clearance for under $10 each.

March Expenses:  $3,980

$290 Auto ($208 for service, $82 for fuel)

$6 Bank Fees
$130 Clothing
$303 Computer
$81 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol)
$156 Food
$0 Gifts Given
$680 Household/Housing/Home Repair
$246 Health and Dental Insurance
$0 Investment Expenses
$0 Medical/Dental
$50 Miscellaneous
$86 Personal Care
$0 Subscriptions
$0 Taxes
$92 Utilities
$1862 Vacation and Recreation

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