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Monday, June 4

My Frugal Miser - May Expenses: $2,524

Only one category concerns me in May:  spending on food.  We continually spend more than we should.  Last month I spent about $170 on groceries.  That's not bad.  What's bad is that I spent almost $300 eating out.  Part of this is due to the meeting jobs we worked in Orlando.  Often we are provided a breakfast and lunch during work, but we are on our own for dinner.  Since we were out of town, and a friend was with us, we spent more than I would back home.   We also ordered pizza twice, ate twice at Studio Movie Grill, and ate at a festival we attended.  Those were the more expensive meals.

Besides food, alcohol was on the expensive side.  I also bought tickets for two summer concerts.

May Expenses:  $2,524

$690 Auto ($612 for insurance, $36 for gas, $42 for service)
$0 Bank Fees
$76 Clothing
$0 Computer
$187 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol, concert tickets) 
$464 Food
$53 Gifts Given
$79 Household/Housing/Home Repair
$0 Homeowner's Insurance (annual payment)
$28 Health and Dental Insurance (prepaid a portion of 2018 health insurance)
$0 Investment Expense
$167 Interest Expense*
$0 Medical/Dental
$0 Miscellaneous
$0 Personal Care
$0 Subscriptions
$0 Taxes
$27 Sharing Economy Expenses (tolls, car washes, etc.)
$105 Unreimbursed Employee Expenses
$304 Utilities
$344 Vacation

*Interest expense includes student loans and the loan on my car.  As both rates are below 2%, I am completely comfortable paying the interest each month and investing the money that I would otherwise use to pay off these loans.  

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