Welcome, December

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NaBloPoMo is over, and I did it! It's actually gotten not too difficult after three years. I'm going to try to continue posting daily, though not with my schedule of days. I like the discipline of it. I'm toying with doing themes each month, so I post at least 1-2 times per week on a theme. We'll see.

In the meantime, I need to take a look at how I did in November money-wise. Mint.com will tell me!

I spent:
$700 towards credit cards
$226 towards student loan
$100 towards savings

$146 on "Hobbies" (bath product stuff)
$100 on "Clothing" (there are some non-clothing GW purchases here too...)
$69 on "Shipping" (swaps and bath product sales)
$47 cash & ATM fees
$41 on eating out
$32 on gifts
$30 on doctor's co-pay
$15 on CDs
$11 on gym membership
$5 on "Electronics & software" (new headphones)

Total flexible spending: $496

Clearly, I am not happy with that total. I don't have $500 month to blow. The major areas I need to cut are my bath product supply spending (which I knew) and my general thrifting spending. I'll focus there this month.

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But shouldn't "bath product sales shipping" be countered with the income you made from the sales? And the same for some of the supply spending?

To be honest, I think $69 for shipping this past month is a bit much, because the buyer should pay for shipping and not you.
For us, cash/ATM was also a problem. We agreed to use our debit card as much as possible to see where the money actually went and that helped a lot. And a question (feel free to ignore if you think it's too nosy): if you have $2000 on joint expenses with your partner, why is food/eating out coming out of your personal budget? For us, it's just part of the food budget.

Christine

I love mint.com. Someone posted about it on here in the comment section. I've been using it since then and really am enjoying it.

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