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Budgeting Bare: December 2019 Spending Report

December 2019 Spending Report numbers are in and I’m happy to say I was under budget! Woot! This month has three pay periods in it so this spending report will be a little extra long and the numbers will be a little high– but things are on track and I feel good.

As for the numbers, in December, I was under budget by $225! Holy shit, right? Not bad.

December had some decent wins.

December 2019 Budgeting Wins

  1. I sold my car! To the first buyer! With the help of my dad selling it back in my hometown (thanks, Dad!) Pretty dope. Brought in $10k which is about $2k more than what I was expecting.
  2. I deposited that cashier’s check and immediately invested it into my friend’s business, which has been returning about 20% every few months.
  3. Finally, SOMEHOW stayed on budget for personal for once.
  4. Did not really go on any dates except for the first few weeks of the month, and so I saved about $115 on dating! Cause I didn’t do it! Woo! Cheers to not dating in 2020!
  5. With all my savings, 401K, investments, and with the sale of my car– my net-worth is now about $25,600! That’s a number! From negative in October to almost $26k in a positive net-worth in December– that’s pretty fucking cool. How’d I do it? Sold my car. Stayed on track with investments. And saved my butt off.
  6. I’m pretty consistently spending less on groceries because I’m trying to use everything I already have. Like those dried beans that have been sitting in my pantry. And that random can of tomatoes. And the rice and quinoa that’s been sitting there for a hundred months. It’s testing my cooking skills, and I’ve been impressed by how much good food I’ve been able to make because of it.

This is going to be a less exciting post this time because besides that, there wasn’t a whole lot new in this budgeting period, so we’ll dive right into categories.

December 2019 Spending Categories: Budgeted vs. Actuals

PlannedActualDifference
Groceries$235$234$1
Clo Bare$239$239$0
Health/Medical$113$113$0
Home$1,700$1,700$0
Transportation$301$274$27
Personal$257$253$4
Entertainment$306$322-$16
Utilities/Cell Phone$385$335$50
Travel$1,110$1,092$18
Debt$2,612$2,610$2
CBBB$20$18$2
Special Occassion$1,260$1,239$21
Dating$167$51$116
Totals:$8,705$8,480$225

The Fuck-up’s Explained

There’s no major fuck-up’s this time, except for again on entertainment. Sixteen bucks over isn’t a big deal considering all the travel and holidays involved so can’t say I’m all that mad at myself for that one.

But again, let’s look at how this compares to the yearly budget.

December 2019 Yearly Budget Comparisons

Clo Bare: Over because Siteground hosting (a whooping $240) came out in December.

Health/Medical: Also over because I changed my yearly goal to less after I quit my fancy gym. This will even out eventually since my new gym membership is only $25 a month.

Home: It’s under but that number will go way up once I move out and get my own apartment (sans roommate).

Transportation: Similar to health, that’s going to hopefully go down because I sold the car! So my hope is to spend $100 or less a month on transportation, total. I even need to spend less than that if I want to stick to what I planned/budgeted.

Travel: Also over but I just went on the biggest trips of my year– I don’t have any other international trips scheduled so this will also even itself out.

Debt: YESSSS! On average I am putting way more on my debt a month than I planned. Hoping to keep that up!

Special Occasions: This is a category (which I continually spell incorrectly– Occasions not OCCASSIONS FFS) I added a few months ago to cover things like Thanksgiving or you know the entire month of December. I blew through that budget so hopefully special occasions won’t be happening in coming months, and if they do, I’ll have to finagle the budget.


Not too bad though, I’m clearly catching up to my yearly goals and that makes me feel better about this budgeting thing for the year.

And without further ado– the December 2019 Spending Report!

December 2019 Spending Report

DateAmountDescriptionCategory
11/22/2019$17.00IngredientsDating
11/23/2019$10.00GroceriesGroceries
11/23/2019$80.00TourTravel
11/23/2019$20.00SnacksGroceries
11/24/2019$75.00thanksgiving Special Occassion
11/24$32.00amtrakTravel
11/25/2019$13.00WineGroceries
11/27/2019$23.00gasTransportation
11/27/2019$88.00insuranceTransportation
11/28$805.00LoansDebt
11/28/2019$12.00Wine Entertainment
11/29$78.00Secret SantaSpecial Occassion
11/29/2019$25.00SushiEntertainment
11/29/2019$500.00giftSpecial Occassion
11/30/2019$5.00craigslistTransportation
11/29/2019$12.00drinksEntertainment
11/30/2019$35.00oi Transportation
11/30/2019$33.00comedUtilities/Cell Phone
12/1$85.00engagementSpecial Occassion
11/30/2019$20.00DrinksEntertainment
12/1/2019$850.00RentHome
12/3/2019$230.00AirbnbTravel
12/2/2019$30.00groceriesGroceries
12/3/2019$28.00FamGroceries
12/4/2019$88.00FarrellsHealth
12/5/2019$9.77rotiEntertainment
12/5/2019$20.00UberTransportation
12/5/2019$17.00drinksDating
12/5/2019$44.17ComCastUtilities/Cell Phone
11/26$119.00amzonPersonal
12/6/2019$1,000.00LoansDebt
12/6/2019$30.00friendsEntertainment
12/6/2019$30.00dateDating
12/6/2019$17.00ubersTransportation
12/7/2019$50.00supplementsPersonal
12/7$17.00giftsSpecial Occassions
12/7/2019$10.00groceriesGroceries
12/8/2019$20.00hairPersonal
12/8$18.00brunchCBBB
12/8$18.00teaGroceries
12/8/2019$15.00VentraTransportation/Car Insurance
12/8$7.00UnisomPersonal
12/10/2019$13.00travelTravel
12/12/2019$19.00tacosEntertainment
12/12/2019$36.00dinnerEntertainment
12/13/2019$40.00uberTravel
12/13/2019$88.00day 1Travel
12/14/2019$22.00macaroons Entertainment
12/14$50.00day 2Travel
12/16/2019$16.00drinksTravel
12/16/2019$50.00dinner and shampooTravel
12/15/2019$75.00dinner Travel
12/15/2019$125.00cellUtilities/Cell Phone
12/16/2019$35.00hosteTravel
12/17/2019$20.00GenevaTravel
12/18/2019$80.00Day 3 & 4Travel
12/19/2019$30.00trainTravel
12/19/2019$23.00sushiTravel
12/19/2019$32.00BerlinTravel
12/20/2019$91.00DresdenTravel
12/21/2019$25.00gymHealth/medical
12/21/2019$45.00showTravel
12/22/2019$13.00scalePersonal
12/22/2019$29.00giftSpecial Occassion
12/23$47.00foodTravel
12/22/2019$15.00snacksTravel
12/23/2019$28.00ThaiGroceries
12/24/2019$142.00giftSpecial Occassion
12/24$50.00giftSpecial Occassion
12/24/2019$50.00BeerSpecial Occassion
12/26$91.00GasUtilities/Cell Phone
12/26/2019$11.00UberTransportation
12/26/2019$14.00pots Personal
12/27/2019$46.00aldiGroceries
12/27/2019$20.00ventraTransportation
12/28/2019$805.00Loans Debt
12/28/2019$38.00PBSEntertainment
12/28$18.00cookies Entertainment
12/28/2019$5.00BeerEntertainment
12/29/2019$31.00GroceriesGroceries
12/29/2019$239.00SitegroundClo Bare
12/30/2019$35.00ceramicsEntertainment
12/30/2019$18.00makeupPersonal
12/30/2019$200.00weddingSpecial Occassion
12/30/2019$12.00teaPersonal
1/1/2020$40.00Uber’s Transportation/Car Insurance
1/1/2020$40.00grubhubEntertainment
1/2/2020$41.67ComEdUtilities/Cell Phone
1/2$850.00rentHome

Total Spent: $8,480

Total Debt: $44,488

Goals, Goals, Goals

Now how did I compare to goals I set for myself last month?

  1. Stick to spending less on entertainment. I’d like to say $100 for the whole month, but I know December will be tricky because I’m heading to Europe for ten days, plus it’s the holidays. So I’d like to say stick to $200 for the whole month. That seems do-able.– LOL. Nope. I did $300 though which isn’t terrible seeing as I had three pay periods.
  2. Take a break from dating. I don’t have the heart or emotional capacity to date right now because of everything I’ve got going on. The holidays are a lot especially with a Europe trip squeezed in and I’m really just trying to enjoy Me, Myself and I lately. Selfish AF, sue me.DONE. Sort of. I went on two dates, spent $50 and said fuck this whole dating thing. Plus, my tarot card reader told me there will be no love for me in 2020 so I’m good with giving up for now. I got shit to do.
  3. Spend less than $1k on my trip to Europe– should be easy since I’m staying with friends.–Did not happen– I spent about $1.4k but I sold my car so I’m not worried. I ended up having to get an AirBnb for the first half of my trip so that sunk me by $250 and then there were a few other adventures that cost a little more than expected.
  4. Put another $1.8k on my debt.–DID IT! And actually, I put MORE on my debt– I put $2.6k on my debt. Not too shabby.

January 2020 Goals

My goals for January are pretty similar:

  1. Save up $5k in cash on hand before I move out into my own apartment. Shouldn’t be too hard since I have about $4.1k in cash savings now.
  2. Put another $1.8k on debt.
  3. HERMIT A LITTLE FOR FUCK’S SAKE. I’m so bad at staying home and doing nothing BUT after a month and a half of go-go-go, I’m ready to sleep for a year. Or at least a weekend. I’d like to chill, stay home a little more in January, and get things done. Like how chill and get things done are the same thing for me? That’s how I like to do Chloe time and I need it.
  4. Sober January! This is financial because drinking is expensive. I do have some “drinks with so & so” set up so I might have a glass a wine on those occasions but besides that it’ll be a dry month for me.

Financial Feelings Coming Up: Moving to a New Place

That’s it for now! Things feel pretty well set up. I’m nervous about moving out and getting my own place because that’s going to really change how much money I put away each month, but I think I’m set up well.

I’m going to maintain how much money I’m putting on debt each month. And ultimately, there’s no point in worrying about it now. My goal is to find an apartment that I like for about $1,500 a month or less.

Totally do-able but I’d LOVE to find a 2-bedroom for that price. I’ll be looking in Oak Park (right outside the city) so, again, should be totally do-able but I always get antsy about not knowing where I’m going to live. It’s weird giving up my city card, and even though it’s only a few miles away from where I live now, it’s still a big change for me. I’m excited because it’ll cut my commute in half, and also, for the first time in my life, other than a few stints where I lived alone for a few months at a time– this will be the FIRST time I’ll have my own place all to myself. I am REALLY fucking pumped for that.

Your Turn– 2020 Finances

What are your 2020 financial goals? Any money-related resolutions? Share in the comments below!

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    Andrea
    January 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Congrats on your success with this! Keeping our budgets on track can be challenging!

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