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Tuesday, April 4

My Frugal Miser - 2023 March Expenses

March was a pretty frugal month.  The largest expense was a tax payment towards my 2022 tax liability.  I sold two rental properties last year and owe a significant amount of money.  

  • I made the second payment to GEICO for the increase in auto insurance.  My insurance went up significantly when I changed my address.
  • I was charged the annual fee for my Chase Hyatt card and made the annual maintenance fees for the self-directed IRA.
  • Utilities were high because I paid off my partner's phone early.  I did this so that we could switch providers.  I also bought a new phone as my Pixel 4 is starting to have problems.


We love adventures.  Spending on experiences makes us better humans.  
  • In March this category shows significant income!  I won at blackjack in Aruba as well as on my last night in Vegas.
  • I subscribed to AMC Unlimited.  Now we both have it as going to movies is something we both enjoy.
  • We spent a night in Macon to attend the Third Eye Blind concert.

March Expenses:  $5,588

$256 Auto (service, gas, insurance, AAA, etc.)
$710 Bank Fees (annual fees on credit cards)
$21 Clothing/ Personal Care
($3,245) Fun (vacations, movies, gambling, alcohol, concert tickets) income this month
$398 Food
$13 Health and Dental
$354 Household/Home Repairs
$175 Unreimbursed Job Expense
($441) Reimbursed Job Expense income this month
$0 Interest Expense
$1,691 Miscellaneous (cat sitter, gifts)
$4,196 Taxes
$916 Utilities 

Sunday, April 2

My Frugal Miser - March 2023 Income

2023 is turning into a great year for income.  I worked 24 days of meetings (two meetings will be paid out in April).  I received rent from both Alabama properties.  I did two Amazon routes one day.

March Income: $8,462

$0 Mystery Shopping/ Merchandising
$6,512 Meeting Jobs
$0 Gig Apps (Rideshare, Food Deliveries, etc.)
$133 Amazon Deliveries
$1,795 Rental Income (Rental Expenses:  $546)
$22 Interest Income
$0 Other Sources

Investment Accounts Change in Value:  ($475)

My investments were basically flat.  I have a couple of PUT options for Bed, Bath and Beyond that increased in value.  Some of the other PUTs lost value.