My Journey to Financial Independence and Retiring Early

April 2017 Spending Report

Here’s everything I spent money on in April! The chart below also comes from Mint, my primary budgeting tool. You can find this view in the Trends tab and select spending by category for the time period you’d like to review.

  • Travel: $538.57 – About $200 of that is l money spent while in Vegas on Uber, taxis, and fun gambling. I also bought two tickets to visit Washington D.C. in May, using American Airlines points for the way there and ~$160 each for the way back.
  • Gifts & Donations: $335.00
  • Food & Dining: $152.17 – Groceries, restaurants, and fast food.
  • Fees & Charges: $147.00 – Two credit card annual fees hit, one gives me a free night at any IHG property that I will use this year. $3.00 monthly HSA fee.
  • Health & Fitness: $129.58 – I had a copay for a doctor’s visit; I had a mole randomly appear on my scalp and went to see a dermatologist to check it out. Then I got sick after coming back from Vegas and spent some cash on cold medicines and tissues.
  • Bills & Utilities:
    • Mobile phone: $35.00 – I use Cricket which includes all taxes and fees.
    • TV + Internet: $91.00 – This includes internet (that comes with basic channels & HBO) and Netflix & Hulu subscriptions.
  • Entertainment: $110.25 – Tickets for one Vegas show and a friend’s choir concert.
  • Auto & Transport: $60.17 – Gas
  • Home: $45.53 on kitchen towels and a few other home things that I can’t even remember (ouch!)
  • Shopping: $33.68 – “Emergency” Vegas outfit ($16), Hair products ($9), and a few things from Amazon ($9)
    • Not really an emergency, but I hadn’t planned to go out on this work trip and bought a shirt to wear one night.

Overall, I spent $1,677.32 this month, which is on the expensive side. I’m still tracking below my target spending for the year, so there’s room for months like these.

What’s not included here?

  • I put $2,000 towards my student loan balance and added $231 to my HSA.

In other news…

I got promoted! 🙂 This has been a long time coming, but it’s finally official – I am now a Senior Analyst, which comes with a nice pay bump.

That’s all I have for April! How did you do on your April budget?


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