Saturday, April 9

My Frugal Miser - March Expenses: $6,480


March spending wasn't too bad.  $2,600 of my spending was on gift cards that I haven't used yet.  This will make March appear to be a heavy spending month while the months in which I redeem the gift cards will be artificially low on the spending side.  I made 9 separate trips to Orlando for hospitality jobs (each trip is roughly 200 miles).  That along with the Uber driving added more than 4,600 miles to the odometer, resulting in an $1,113 markdown for depreciation.  I charge $.24/mile against the value of my car until it is completely written off.  I bought $1,000 in Carnival gift cards (Vacation) to earn $60 in free gas.  I plan to cash those out in May, so this isn't necessarily an actual expense since it should post back as income.  Similarly, I bought $1,600 in gift cards at gas stations since both Discover and Chase had 5% rebate offers ending in March.  This $1,600 inflated my fuel, home repairs and food categories.  Finally, I bought four new tires ($453, charged as an Uber expense).


March Expenses:  $6,480

$2,630 Auto ($1,377 gas, $140 repairs/maintenance, $1,113 depreciation)
$95 Bank Fees
$5 Clothing
$0 Computer
$287 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol)
$332 Food
$0 Gifts Given
$546 Household/Housing/Home Repair
$79 Health and Dental Insurance
$500 Investment Expense
$43 Interest Expense
$0 Medical/Dental
$0 Miscellaneous
$0 Personal Care
$0 Subscriptions
$0 Taxes
$545 Uber/Lyft Expenses (excluding fuel and depreciation)
$235 Utilities
$1,184 Vacation

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