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Thursday, May 7

My Frugal Miser - April Expenses: $1,527

Finally, a month where I beat my goal.  Although I spent $1,527 last month, my goal excludes the $510 I spent on vacations.  I set a monthly goal of spending less than $1,250 on everything except vacations and home repairs.  In April, I only spent $1,017.  Victory!

Even better, $370 of the month's spending was a non-cash expense for depreciating my car.  So, my cash spending was only $647.

I had help in a couple of ways.  First, there were no semi-recurring expenses such as car insurance (that'll be in the May report).  Second, I won $268 playing video poker at the Hard Rock, which more than offsets the $98 I spent elsewhere on entertainment.  I was even a glutton again when it comes to food, as we spent $309 on that category.  Our trip to Puerto Rico accounts for a major part of the food expense.  Take away Puerto Rico and we spent less than $100 to eat last month.  

April Expenses:  $1,527

$392 Auto ($3 for gas, $389 for depreciation)
$39 Bank Fees
$40 Clothing
$0 Computer
($171) Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol) - income this month
$309 Food
$7 Gifts Given
$158 Household/Housing/Home Repair
$0 Home Insurance
$141 Health and Dental Insurance
$0 Investment Expenses
$0 Medical/Dental
$0 Miscellaneous
$4 Personal Care
$0 Subscriptions
$0 Taxes
$116 Utilities
$510 Vacation and Recreation

April Expenses, Excluding Vacation and Home Repairs:  $1,017

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