March Monthly Budget Round-Up

>> Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Last month I asked if these monthly budget round-ups have become redundant. Well, I decided to keep posting them simply because, as Downdoggin in MN pointed out in the comments of the last round-up, they do make me accountable.

So far this year, we've been high on groceries every month. I've been stocking up on a few things, so I'm hoping it will average out over the year. For example, I bought a 5-gallon bucket of Charlie's Soap, which will takes us three years to get through.

We were also high this month on transportation miles; my youngest had surgery two weeks ago, so we had to make several trips to the doctor and hospital. Unfortunately, I haven't switched to a closer pediatrician since we moved into our house last summer.

Here are the numbers:

Monthly Spending (budgeted amount) [year average]

  • Groceries: $711 ($650) [713.51]
  • Transportation: $149 ($150) [148.92]
  • Energy: $162 ($150) [155.31]
  • Utilities: $46 ($50) [44.9]
  • Entertainment/Miscellaneous: $383 ($400) [362.59]
  • Clothes: $0 (no set budget) [24.21]
  • TOTAL: $1,451 ($1,400) [$1425.46]

The Numbers:
  • Trash: 4 bags of trash (13 gallon bags); 1 recycling bin with plastic, metal, and glass; 2 paper grocery sacks of paper
  • Miles Driven: 951
  • Average daily electricity use: 34 kWh
  • Average daily water use: 122 gallons

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DownDoggin in MN March 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

Oooo, April no poo. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you. I've slowly been making the switch to no poo too so I may join you in this challenge. I really like washing my hair with baking soda but I haven't figured out a good conditioner/detangler. I've read apple cider vinegar works well so I think I'll pick some up and give it a try.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper March 30, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

I'm pretty nervous about the no poo thing. Glad to hear I'll have someone trying it out with me.

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