February Monthly Budget Round-Up

>> Thursday, March 4, 2010


I have a blogging addiction. I'll admit it.

In my head, there are hundreds of possible blog posts, but I have a limited amount of time to write them (and difficulty justifying the amount of time I spend online). And after last week's burnout, it's pretty clear to me that I need to put some limits on my blogging.

When I first started this blog, it was a challenge to myself to see if I could go green and still stay in our budget, so I started posting our monthly budget to keep myself honest and because I thought it would be useful to others to see how much we spend on things. Now a year later, I've proved to myself that I could go green without going broke, and it seems redundant to keep posting these numbers.

So here's my question to all of you readers. Is this information still useful? What if I did budget round-ups every other month or quarterly?

Thoughts? Input?

On to this month's numbers:

Monthly Spending (budgeted amount in parentheses)

  • Groceries: $684.44 ($650)
  • Transportation: $132.17 ($150)
  • Energy: $149.83 ($150)
  • Utilities: $46.17 ($50)
  • Entertainment/Miscellaneous: $362.72 ($400)
  • Clothes: $45.74 (no set budget)
  • TOTAL: $1,421.07 ($1,400)

The Numbers:
  • Trash: 3 bags of trash (13 gallon bags); 1 recycling bin with plastic, metal, and glass; 2 paper grocery sacks of paper
  • Miles Driven: 745
  • Average daily electricity use: 33 kWh
  • Average daily water use: 122 gallons

Best of...

Next Month I'll Be...

2 comments:

DownDoggin in MN March 5, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

I think you should do what makes you happy and keeps you sane. if you didn't do your monthly round-up we'd survive especially knowing we get to read your other insightful writings. I think I good thing to ask yourself is does it help you? By doing to monthly post you are holding yourself accountable and really tracking your budget, would you miss out on the monthly posting? Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper March 6, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

@DownDoggin in MN - You make some very good points. Thanks for your input!

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