Welcome to the March Monthly Financial Independence Report, or as I like to call it, the MMFIR (pronunced “mmmm-fur”). I work for the military so it’s general practice to acronym-ify LITERALLY EVERYTHING. NJ. (That stands for “No Joke”).
This month was slightly more spendy than last month, but that was to be expected since we missed 2 mortgage payments last month. I do find during pandemic days, we have become less frugal in some areas, like gifting, hobbies, and let’s face it, alcohol. I *think* it’s about “What can we do to make life more fun/interesting when we can’t really go places and do stuff?” And the answer is give gifts to each other, do more hobbies, and drink booze.
Monthly Report for March
Savings of T
$816. Down from last month. Gotta bump it up for April. As mentioned in previous posts, my goal is $1200 monthly.
Extra Income Beyond my Day Job
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T’s Family Expenses
|Category||Mar-21||Relevant Notes of Notey-ness|
|Mortgage Interest||300||New mortage, low interest!|
|Mortgage Principal||1140||All principal, baby!|
|Property Tax ($3600 Annually – May 2021)||0||May will be spendy.|
|Home Insurance ($2100 Annually – May 2021)||0||Gotta try to get a better rate this year.|
|Home Supplies||28||Random stuff I probably didn’t need.|
|Home Maintenance, Repairs, Renos||48||New Camp chairs & laundry hamper|
|Heat (Wood & Propane – supplements electric heat)||0|
|Mobile Phones (2 Phones on Public Mobile)||83||Public Mobile is da bomb! Use my referral code to sign up after your order your SIM. You will get a $10 credit! T’s referral code is NR2OR4.|
|Electric ($247 Equalized)||247||Remaining things to optimize:||-Reduce dryer use. Why are dryers so damn convenient??
-Research buying water heater, vs renting
-Install programmable thermostat in basement
-explore idea of installing solar
-get meter from library to measure power use of appliances
|Internet, Home phone, TV||110||They put my rate up…AGAIN. To be discussed with Bell. Yeah I said it.|
|Bank Fees||4||CIBC. Phasing this out but we’re not there yet|
|Water (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct)||0|
|Fuel for 2 cars||270||This seems very high compared to usual. We did take a road trip to visit our family which we haven’t been doing due to COVID. I probably need to go back and make sure that everything is categorized correctly.|
|Car Repairs, Maintenance, Registrations, Licenses||0||Hurray!|
|Parking for Hubs||79|
|Auto Insurance for 2 cars||100|
|Dining Out / Takeout – Family||159||Probably time to try to cut back a bit here.|
|Health (Prescriptions, Vitamins, Dental, Eye care, other medical costs)||41||OTC meds and vitamins, along with 1/4 the cost of my pedicure. That’s a health cost, right?? The rest came out of my allowance. Still debating where to put my “wellness” costs. Pedicures might cross the line as non-essential…|
|Childcare||801||So I didn’t realize when I booked M’s summer camps that I had to pre-pay them all! This includes childcare for the month + 3 weeks of summer camps.|
|Life Insurance for 2 adults||156|
|Memberships & Subscriptions||35||Still have Disney +. Gotta get around to cancelling it. This also includes Netflix and Hub’s MLB Audio subscription.|
|Clothing||145||Mostly Hubs, but I also bought pants that need to now be returned.|
|School supplies, Education||0|
|Pet Fund||306||This is for food, litter, and a $226 vet bill for getting kitty “fixed” and microchipped. We should be all set for vet stuff for quite a while now.|
|Tech repair & replacement||112||My desktop computer has been acting up for some time. Got it fixed.|
|Gifts, Party Food & Holidays||583||So. Dad’s birthday. + hubs 50th. Let’s just say I went a bit crazy. Honestly, during this pandemic I’ve taken joy in making birthdays a little extra special since we can’t go on a trip or attend a concert or event. I’m at peace with it. Over half of this was a new phone for Hubs since his was quite old. He got a used iPhone in perfect shape. So technically some of this could go to tech replacement!|
|Vacation||206||1/2 of an AirBnB we booked for May in our home province.|
|Allowances||388||What we call our “fun money”. Personal items, hobbies, dining out solo, etc. I went a bit crazy this month compared to usual. I’m going to try to do better in April. So far, so good! Hubs had a big purchase last month also for one of his hobbies.|
|Entertainment – Family||0|
Overall I’m not too upset about this month’s overspending in the areas of gifts and allowances. It’s been a long winter of COVID crap and I’m sick of it. THAT SAID I could fairly easily find an extra $400 in the budget next month to bump up that savings rate. Gonna go work on that now, since April is 2/3 over. HA! Toodles!