Another month over and I have totalled up the spending for May. It is not a pretty sight. Almost $6,000 gone this month in variable spending. Yikes!!
January – $5,144.53
February – $1,783.49
March – $4,350.56
April – $2,385.31
May – $5,961.54
I have amended the figures slightly to include everything that we have spent in the past 5 months – that is variable spending so does not include mortgage, rates, insurances, phone/internet etc.
May was particularly high as we booked and paid for airfares and accommodation in Melbourne at Christmas as well as paying for birthday presents for both daughters and a Christmas gift for one of them. Since they are both adults earning their own money we generally pay for something special such as an airfare and then buy a small gift to give on the day. The other category that impacted significantly was ‘House & Garden’ of just over $1,200 which included $860 for the plumber and electrician and installation of a new sump pump for the greywater system.
I thought that we would pull our horns in for June but we started the first day of the month with GMan buying a new pair of shoes for work at $209 since the others could not be repaired. The other not so good news is that the drive chain broke on the ride-on mower yesterday and we have yet to find out what that will cost to replace.
There are only 29 more days until the end of the financial year and I will be halfway through this tracking exercise which is nothing if not eye-opening.