Budget May 2015 ~ What’s with all the groceries?!?!

Published June 1, 2015   Posted in Budgets

Ever since we decided that the path for us is out of the rat race and into an early retirement of our choosing, the Mr. and I have been keeping an eye on our finances and scaling down our spending. Neither one of us were complete clowns, but we certainly weren’t looking out for our future selves at anywhere near the level we want/need to be.

So in comes the budget. Budgets don’t work for everyone and in the future it may not be necessary for us but for now it is the way we are buckling down and meeting the tough goals we’ve set for ourselves. Read more about how we budget here.

We are labeling May the Month of GROCERIES. We had family in town 4/5 weekends (only 2 of those expected). I hosted book club (which means snacks) and we hosted a Memorial Day BBQ for friends. We tried to be thrifty and smart but we went seriously way over budget. Like 1.5x our budget of $300. But we saw it coming and managed to only spend $36 dollars over (and into next month). How? We used our personal fun money accounts. Not ideal but that money is there to do with as we please… and we were pleased to be able to feed ourselves the last week of the month – haha. Next month is A LOT quieter so already starting $36 down does not effect us much.

Other big news is that I bought my hiking boots! As some of you may remember our fun money doesn’t roll from month to month unless we dedicate it to something specific. Steve is always saving for camera equipment. Me? I wanted (and needed) hiking boots for our Montana Trip in July to Glacier National Park. So I’ve been saving $50 a month for the past 4 months. And after an hour at REI during their 50th Anniversary Sale last weekend I am now the proud owner of a pair of Vasque boots that I love. We tried them out with a nice hike last weekend and I am officially saying goodbye to sneaker hiking. The boots are so worth it 🙂

On to the numbers!

  • Fixed Costs (Mortgages, HOA, Loans) $2990/ $3054 Almost back to normal. One last small check from the refi.
  • Utilities (electricity, gas, water etc.) $476.08/$370 (expected) This month is a little over because we paid more of our insurance for the year. That being said this category is still under for the year.
  • Monthly Costs ( phones, internet, gym, pets, car maint, etc.) $836/ $600 Over in three categories here this month. We had to take the girls (dogs) to the vet for their round of shots so that pushed us up. Pet costs are actually right about even for the year though. We also stocked up on chemicals for the pool since the pool store was having a start of summer sale. Summer is rough on pool owners cost wise so we want to stock up now when we can. Lastly, we over spent a bit in our home category this month but we’re still under for the year.
  • Food (groceries and restaurants) $536/ $500 Under budget for restaurants but actually WAY WAY over budget for groceries. The full extent of our grocery spending is not reflected here because we used our personal fun money to make up for it.
  • Fun (Travel, Mr.’s fun money, Mrs.’s fun money, Mr.’s camera fund, gifts)     $652/ $825. Steve actually bought a subscription to Lynda this month which originally pushed this category over but his company paid for it in the last paycheck so we came out even 🙂
  • Additional Income: $62.21. This is a random assortment of checks, interest and other sundries that came in this month. Unexpected money is a plus! We reinvest all our dividends, etc. so those don’t get counted in this roundup.

Another great month on the books.

Now, let’s take a look at the money-shot numbers.

Total May 2015 income: $12,551.28 (Steve’s quarterly bonus!)

Total May 2015 expenses: $5,555.75

This means our total May 2015 Take Home Savings Rate came in at: 56%. Gotta love bonuses.

And our May 2015 Total Savings Rate: 66% (includes maxing out our 401ks).

Our net worth: $621,460.66. Remember how I was upset a few months ago because we seemingly lost money from our net worth. I found it! Now everything is in Mint and I have passwords and usernames to ALL our accounts. So this is really our net worth and we should see more modest increases (but real ones) in the months to come. I hate disorganization and it bothers me it took me this long to see what happened, but O well. I’m pretty happy where the number actually stands.

We’re doing great! Just gotta keep on keeping on.

Another adventure awaits!

We track our net worth using Personal Capital


11 responses to “Budget May 2015 ~ What’s with all the groceries?!?!”

  1. […] you may have seen from the May budget, we had a rough month budget wise for groceries. We went way way over though made up for most of […]

  2. Vawt says:

    That is a pretty good savings rate for May! Bonuses and foudn money always help, too (if you don’t blow them on frivolous spending).

    We are getting ready for a high grocery month as my parents arrive later this week and will be here for close to 2 weeks. I don’t mind though because it gives us some time away when they watch our two little ones.

    • Steve says:

      I love bonuses! Though, I don’t love how much the gov’t confiscates from them, but that’s definitely a topic for another blog post! 🙂

      Yeah, having people stay with you definitely screws with the budget a bit, but hey, things happen. Going over here and there, if for a reasonable cause, isn’t a big deal.

      Thanks for reading!

  3. Courtney — Be sure to break in those hiking boots before you go out on your big July trip! 🙂

    Way to roll with the punches and still achieve a pretty inspiring savings rate even with some overages. Keep it up!

  4. Mrs SSC says:

    Great job – we always have those same grocery budget issues – lots of family visits, and we love to host weekend cook-outs or brunch. I just keep reminding myself that we are still saving more than if we met friends out for a meal and had to pay for a restaurant tab, and a babysitter!

    • Steve says:

      Yup, true that. Hosting people isn’t the cheapest thing in the world to do, but at least the host gets to keep a good majority of the leftovers brought by others. Score! 🙂

  5. Wow! Looks like you found a good chunk of change with a month over month change in net worth of almost $67,000.

    What was not previously included in your net worth that is now in the number.

    • Steve says:

      Hey Gen Y,

      The problem was we were keeping some of our net worth in spreadsheets, and there was a problem with the version that we were using a few months ago. We knew that we had that money, but couldn’t directly account for it so we did not include that in our net worth number. Thankfully, we managed to uncover it and put it in Mint with our other numbers, so our consolidation effort should be complete. 🙂

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