Today's Focus

Current Goals:

1) $1,000/mo. to short-term savings and $400/mo to investments.
2) Weigh less than 180 pounds by 12/31/21.
3) Read more books.

Previous Goal: Eliminate Mortgage on Rental Property
Interest Rate is 5.125%!

January 1, 2019: $59,592
August 11, 2020: PAID!

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Thursday, January 15

What a $1,250 per month Budget Looks Like

My 2015 goal is to spend less than $1,250 on everything except vacations and home repairs.  In Florida, a person earning minimum wage at a full-time job would earn $16,100 ($1,342/month).  They would most likely quality for less expensive health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, as well as other assistance like food stamps, the earned income tax credit, etc.  My goal is to support two people on less than I would earn in a minimum wage job.

I don't track my spending against a fixed budget, but below is an estimate of how I will be spending my money.

Budget:  $1,250 per month

Auto, including gas, depreciation, insurance, and service:  $350
Bank Charges:  $25
Clothing:  $50 (2x what I have spent in the past, but it's time to replace some worn out clothes)
Entertainment:  $100
Food:  $270
Gifts Given:  $15
Health and Dental Insurance:  $150
Additional Spending on Health and Dental:  $25
Miscellaneous:  $65
Personal Care:  $10
Taxes:  $40
Utilities:  $150

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