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Summary of 2015 Daily Living Allowance

January 5th, 2016 at 11:29 pm

This doesn't count any fixed bills or planned budget spending only items that I could if need to cut back on at any time.
Eating out - $547.89 - over $92.89
Groceries - $1394.95 - under $230.05
Non-food - $48.30 - under $146.70
Clothes - $241.23 - under $213.77
Grooming-$190.86 - under $4.14
Gas -$113.91 - under $146.09
HH items -$285.34 - under $234.66
Fares-$95 -under $100.00
Entertainments -$285.45 - over $90.45
Garden -$116.36 - under $78.64
Gifts -$278.70 - under $111.30
Donations -$134.80 - over $69.80
Medical -$1001.88 - over $91.88
Misc. - $125.00 -under $4.00
Personal -$930.11 - under $239.89
Totals -$5789.78 - under $1361.22

Because I have kept up with my excel budget I am still able to still post my annual summary.

Medical is only amounts not budgetted for or gap between my medical benefit and the outlay plus any other medical outlay not in budget.
Donations to medical / cancer and red cross appeals plus odd donations here and there.
Entertainment I have been buying some DVD's online and other outings over the year.
Eating out - My social life has picked up and venues are more expensive these days.

I will need to cut my expenses somewhat for 2016, as I am having some operations and the out pocket is in the 1000's I have save most of this money but will need to be replaced in the future to build my finances back to a healthy level again.

No Spending Days 167

All credit cards are up to dates and all bills paid.


Strategy - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.

5th Monthly Financial Summery for 2015

June 29th, 2015 at 08:44 am

Here is my summery for May

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month; I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

Review for May budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$27.40
Groceries===$125=== =$167.59
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35=====$95.00
Grooming===$20 ====$35.95
Gas======$20
HH items===$40======$1.50
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35====$57.50
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$118.30
Misc ======$10========$121.00
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$90.99

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $715.23 over by $165.23 on general spending.

This is because I have paid deposit of $121.00 for Awing for one of my windows with another two being paid by my insurance company. I also had a medical bill out pocket of $118.30 from skin specialist. Taking out these two items of $286.30 I still am under in my spending $428.93.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $335.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was over by $42.59 this period.

Strategy - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.

4th Monthly Financial Summery for 2015

June 11th, 2015 at 08:12 am

Here is my summery for April.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month; I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

Review for April budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$62.75
Groceries===$125=== =$103.45
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20 =====$23.96
Gas======$20=======$26.40
HH items===$40======$15.75
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35====$52.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$51.11

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $335.42 under by $214.58 on general spending.

This saving went into medical bills over this period.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $30.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $21.55 this period.

Strategy - Review your bills every six months so that you are still saving money with your changes that you made since renewed or changed bill companies. Change your habits if you can't change the company.

2nd Monthly Financial Summery for 2015

March 25th, 2015 at 10:31 pm

2nd Monthly Financial Summery for 2015
Here is my second period summery for February .

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last few months I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

Review for February budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$29.20
Groceries===$125=== =$45.36
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20 =====$24.00
Gas======$20=======$13.15
HH items===$40======$6.60
Fares== ====$15 ======$20.00
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$42.70
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$63.45

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 16 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $224.46 under by $347.41 on general spending.
This saving went into some of my huge bills over this period.
Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $825 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $79.64 this period.

Strategy - Try to buy brand name groceries on special when you can at 40% off or better.

Annual Budget Report for 2014

January 26th, 2015 at 05:00 am

Annual Summary Daily Living Allowance parts of my budget for 2014

Here are my final totals for last year.

Eating out- $455---------- $393.65---------under target by $61.35
Groceries -$1625-----------$1213.41 ------under target by $411.59
Non-Food -$195------------ $59.42 ---------under target by $135.58
Clothes -$455---------------$401.96 --------under target by $53.04
Grooming -$260-------------$171.37-------under target by $23.63
Gas -$260------------------- $233.46------- -under target by $26.54
HH items -$520-------------- $558.10 ----- over target by $38.10 > Ninja + Curtains
Fares -$195-------------------$84.00 ------- under target by $111.00
Entrainment -$195-----------$368.95-------- over target by $176.95 > Camera
Garden-$195------------------$152.11-----------under target by $42.89
Gift & Donations -$455-------$250.34 ---------under target by $171.15
Medical & Diabetic-$910------$1755.84 -------over target by $845.84 > Dental + Medical
Misc. -$130----------------------$1.00 -----------under target by $129.00
Personal Allowance-$1170----$956.94 --------under target by $213.06

Daily Living Allowance allotted amount for 2014 was $7150 and I spent total $6697.04 under target by $452.96.
I will review some categories for 2015.

Even with being over in three categories, I still manage to come under my budget allotment for 2014.
This included new camera and major dental work excess plus updating my wardrobe this year.

This does give me the idea that I am subconsciously set myself amount to spend then holding back on some things if I think that I have to cut on my spending because I spent a lot more in one area that was needed like the medical with a lot of pocket expense or having major renovations done have to be a lean year with another lean year in 2015.

One thing this summery proves that averaging out over whole year is better than worry if you go over month as you can try to cut on other months.

Ok this Daily Living Allowance is the area that I will be working on to stretch and find any extra money I can. I also am looking at cutting back other on bills where I can.

So I will just track out of pocket medical, medicine and vitamins, glasses and diabetic section in this section of Daily Living Allowance. Allowing around extra $1500 for these items in next year tallies.
I do have major house maintenance to be done here for 2015 so I am looking at out of pocket bill of $5000. I will need to replace in capital deposit account over next year or so.

No Spending Days 163 of 365 days

So 2015 Challenge will be 'Living Lean on a Pension ?'

Strategy - Review your bills every six months that you are still saving money with your changes that you made since renewed or changed bill companies. Change your habits if you can't change the company.

12th Monthly Financial Summery for 2014

January 23rd, 2015 at 07:00 pm


Here is my Financial Summery for November/Early December period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

Here is my review for November/December budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$25.70
Groceries===$125=== =$80.34
Non-Food===$15=====$8.48
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20=====$2.50
Gas======$20=======$33.11
HH items===$40======$7.40
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15 =====$27.46
Gifts & Donations ==$35 ===$89.14
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$12.00
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$75.79

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 12 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $362.02 under by $187.98 on general spending.
This period covered some season gift and food buying

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $1815.15 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $44.66 this period.

Strategy - If store or generic brands are cheaper than and just as good as brand name ones then buy them.

9th Monthly Financial Summery for 2014

November 18th, 2014 at 09:21 pm


Here is my Financial Summery for October period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my review for October budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$27.45
Groceries===$125=== =$122.68
Non-Food===$15=====$2.59
Clothes ====$35=====$37.68
Grooming===$20
Gas======$20======$16.35
HH items===$40======$16.95
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$216.70
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$74.80

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $530.15 under by $19.65 on general spending.
Out of pocket medical expenses were again high this period.
Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $104.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $2.32 this period.
Strategy - Put in writing what you are worried about and see the figures then work out an action plan.

8th Monthly Financial Summery for 2014

November 15th, 2014 at 06:58 pm

I will catch up one day here.
Here is my Financial Summery for September period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my review for September budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$53.30
Groceries===$125=== =$92.45
Non-Food===$15=====$4.87
Clothes ====$35=====$49.00
Grooming===$20====$24.00
Gas======$20
HH items===$40======$129.20
Fares== ====$15 ======$20.00
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35 =====$49.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$495.55
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$100.86

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 8 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $1020.23 over by $470.23 on general spending.
Out of pocket medical expenses were very high this period.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $65.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $32.55 this period.

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

7th Monthly Financial Summery for 2014

October 13th, 2014 at 09:46 pm

Running behind here. Update
.

Here is my Financial Summery for August period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my review for August budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$24.50
Groceries===$125=== =$113.63
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35=====$86.99
Grooming===$20
Gas======$20======$21.55
HH items===$40======$115.50
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35 ====$6.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$15.00
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$85.14

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 14 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $481.31 under by $68.69 on general spending.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $30.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $11.37 this period.

Strategy - Try to drink water with your meals when you are dinning out and if you on a special diet try to stick to it as best you can.

6th Monthly Financial Summery for 2014

September 3rd, 2014 at 08:21 am

Here is my Financial Summery for - June period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.
Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my review for June budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$24.30
Groceries===$125=== =$173.50
Non-Food===$15======$13.68
Clothes ====$35=======$2.00
Grooming===$20=======$9.13
Gas======$20======$24.48
HH items===$40======$4.00
Fares== ====$15 ======$20.00
Entrainments== $15 ====$50.00
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35 =====$35.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$6.00
Misc ======$10=========$1.00
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$101.80

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 11 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $463.89 under by $86.11 on general spending.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $240.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was over by $48.50 this period.

Strategy - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.

5th Monthly Financial Summery for 2014

August 29th, 2014 at 09:02 am


Here is my Financial Summery for - May period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my review for May budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$42.20
Groceries===$125=== =$94.00
Non-Food===$15===== $7.00
Clothes ====$35======$37.00
Grooming===$20=====$42.00
Gas======$20
HH items===$40======$37.00
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15 ======$11.60
Gifts & Donations ==$35 =====$0
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$186.30
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$51.47

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 10 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $508.57 under by $41.43 on general spending.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $455.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $31.00 this period.

Strategy - Don't spend your forward bill money on trivia, it's been put aside for a purpose and keeps you stress free.

4th Monthly Financial Summery for 2014

August 23rd, 2014 at 09:10 am

Here is my Financial Summery for - April period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

My review for April budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$12.50
Groceries===$125=== =$121.43
Non-Food===$15===== $1.18
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20=====$15.00
Gas======$20======$31.91
HH items===$40======$85.50
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35 =====$1.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$54.95
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$100.09

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $424.18 under by $125.82 on general spending.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $186.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $3.57 this period.

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

3rd Monthly Financial Summery for 2014

April 26th, 2014 at 06:32 am

Here is my Financial Summery for - March period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my review for last month's budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$35.00
Groceries===$125=== =$87.66
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20
Gas======$20======$35.32
HH items===$40======$37.80
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15 ====$10.00
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$48.45
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$60.28

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 14 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $276.71 under by $273.29 on general spending.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $240.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $37.34 this period.

Strategy - Don't believe all the advertising you see on TV or in the mail you didn't know you wanted it 15 minutes before you saw that advertisement.


1st Monthly Financial Summery for 2014

April 9th, 2014 at 08:05 am

Here is my Financial Summery for January period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$23.80
Groceries===$125=== =$101.91
Non-Food===$15======$4.65
Clothes ====$35======$36.00
Grooming===$20=====$22.00
Gas======$20=======$43.13
HH items===$40=======$17.80
Fares== ====$15 ======$20.00
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35 ===$3.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$8.00
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$56.60

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $332.89 under by $217.11 on general spending.
This month I spent money on 4 pairs of shorts that came out of clothes were an out of pocket expense of $36.00. Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $230 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $23.09 this period.
Strategy - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.

13th Monthly Financial Summery for 2013

January 19th, 2014 at 06:50 pm

Here is my Financial Summery for - December period.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my review for last month's budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$15.30
Groceries===$125=== =$106.83
Non-Food===$15======$2.50
Clothes ====$35======$34.00
Grooming===$20
Gas======$20
HH items===$40=======$21.46
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15 =====$26.50
Garden =====$15 =======$47.90
Gifts & Donations ==$35 ===$37.48
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$11.90
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$4.00

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $307.87 under by $242.13 on general spending.

My watches required new batteries that came out of clothes were an out of pocket expense of $34.00 and I never spent much of my personal allowance. Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $245 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $18.17 this period.
I had to watch my spending this period as my outgoing on bills and major projects were over $16000 this period. That they all have been paid for now.

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

11th Monthly Financial Summery for 2013

December 21st, 2013 at 09:51 am

11th Monthly Financial Summery for 2013
Here is my Financial Summery for November period.

I have updated my Excel so here are the figures for last month.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my review for last month's budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$27.40
Groceries===$125=== =$176.51
Non-Food===$15=====$10.00
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20
Gas======$20=======$72.55
HH items===$40=======$8.00
Fares== ====$15 ======$10.00
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15 =====$9.50
Gifts & Donations ==$35 ===$11.50
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$1268.10
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$83.38

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 10 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent ($1667.44-$1260) under by $142.56 on general spending.

My dentist bill was an out of pocket expense of $1260 which I had been saving for a while.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $1685.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was over by $51.51 this period .

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

10th Monthly Financial Summery for 2013

December 21st, 2013 at 09:48 am

Here is my Financial Summery for October period.

I have updated my Excel so here are the figures for last month.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my review for last month's budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$37.00
Groceries===$125=== =$66.22
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35=====$8.00
Grooming===$20
Gas======$20
HH items===$40=======$35.00
Fares== ====$15 ======$10.00
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15 =====$9.50
Gifts & Donations ==$35 ===$24.20
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$5.90
Misc ======$10===========$2.00
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$118.70

Note only one amount is a No Spend

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $316.52 under by $290.41

No Spending Days 11 of 28 days

Personal allowance covers health drinks , lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

** 3 year subscription to Diabetic living $87.00 - 39%off @ $4.83 per copy (RRP $7.95 x 18 copies)

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month, it was $2053.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $58.78 this period.

You can see that I am saving for something! A dentist bill that is will show up in period 11.

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

Seventh Monthly Financial Summery for 2013

August 26th, 2013 at 08:50 am

Here is my Financial Summery for June - July period.

I have updated my Excel so here are the figures for last month.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my first review for last month's budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$34.05
Groceries===$125=== =$105.74
Non-Food===$15 ====$4.60
Clothes ====$35=====$2.00
Grooming===$20
Gas======$20
HH items===$40=======$3.00
Fares== ====$15 ====$10
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35 ====$2.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$146.60
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$63.95

Note only one amount is a No Spend

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $371.74 under by $178.26

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Personal allowance covers health drinks , lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month, it was $480.00
Grocery allotment $125 for each period under by $19.26 this period

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

Spending on My Car only

July 22nd, 2013 at 05:15 am

Well today I finely got to the mechanic to get my car seen too! It was due for an minor service this month so I rang up an booked it in to be looked at as I was having a feeling that my brakes weren't a 100% which turns out I was right, being told they were ok! I had a leak in rear wheels, drums replaced, its why they weren’t finding the problem.

So bill came to $562.26 and got discount $190 [via my service voucher, I got earlier this year] on $353.25 all up. They also drop me home and came and picked me as well! After I did fill my car up with petrol costing $36.95 for 25 litres its $1.51.5 litre here at the moment was $1.66.5 on the weekend. So an expensive day car wise of $390.20.

Spent on nothing else today.

Sixth Monthly Financial Summery for 2013

July 8th, 2013 at 09:08 am

Here is my Financial Summery for May -June period.

I have updated my Excel so here are the figures for last month.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my first review for last monthís budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$30.20
Groceries===$125=== =$55.80
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35=====$11.00
Grooming===$20=====$33.00
Gas======$20
HH items===$40=======$70.65
Fares== ====$15 ====$10
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$5.35
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$19.28

Note only one amount is a No Spend

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $235.28 under by $314.72

No Spending Days 15 of 28 days

Personal allowance covers health drinks , lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month, it was $450.00
Grocery allotment $125 for each period under by $69.20 this period

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

Fifth Monthly Financial Summery for 2013

June 23rd, 2013 at 08:06 am

Here is my Financial Summery for May period.

I have updated my Excel so here are the figures for last month.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my first review for last monthís budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$18.30
Groceries===$125=== =$113.61
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20
Gas======$20=======$39.86
HH items===$40=======$10.00
Fares== ====$15 ====$10.00
Entrainments== $15 ====$3.00
Garden =====$15=====$1.50
Gifts & Donations ==$35 ===$2.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$12.85
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$34.42

Note only one amount is a No Spend

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $250.64 under by $299.36

No Spending Days 16 of 28 days

Personal allowance covers health drinks , lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month, it was $160.00

[i]Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

Fourth Monthly Financial Summery for 2013

May 22nd, 2013 at 08:20 am

Here is my Financial Summery for April - May period.

I have updated my Excel so here are the figures for last month.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my first review for last monthís budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$36.10
Groceries===$125=== =$44.86
Non-Food===$15=======$10.88
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20=======$4.98
Gas======$20=========$5.65
HH items===$40=======$70.00
Fares== ====$15 =====$10.00
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35 ===$3.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses =$70
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$20.27

Note only one amount is a No Spend

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $205.74 under by $344.26

No Spending Days 15 of 28 days

Personal allowance covers health drinks , lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month, it was $590.00

[i]Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

First Monthly Financial Summery for 2013

February 11th, 2013 at 09:12 am

Itís time that I posted, this Financial Summery for 2013.

I have updated my Excel so here are the figures for past month.

This for period of 28 days each as I looks like I missed one somewhere. As I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its every near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

This is my first review for last monthís budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$35.20
Groceries===$125=== =$50.67
Non-Food===$15=====$2.00
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20
Gas======$20
HH items===$40=======$203
Fares== ====$15 ====$10
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15========$9.00
Gifts & Donations ==$35
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$44.14
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$72.26

Note only one amount is a No Spend

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $ 426.27 under by $123.73

No Spending Days 14 of 28 days

Personal allowance covers confectionery, lotto, books, stamps, craft & hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

As for Medical & Diabetes Expenses - this is the extra out of pockets amounts that came up over this period just on medicine that is not covered be refund claims.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month, it was $240

The high cost in the Household was for an electrician to fix my solar hot water element. $203

I do keep my bill money separated from this summery. This year I will be budgeting around $750 per period month to cover all my bills and bills for this period it came to $1313.47 part of this was Car major service$ 254.00

My grocery bill came in under budget for this period.
If any changes to my spending habits will need to come out of my daily living allowance categories of my budget as my bill categories are very tight now. I was very tight in some areas of this daily living allowance over this period but I did work out in the end.

Still need to work on a Grocery category and personal allowance as I got to stop spending money on books, I think this is my biggest downfall most of my personal spending is spent on books as half of it was spent on books.

How am I going with my finances in 2013, up and down once I get over paying all my major bills for this half year, I have about little over $1000 for next month then itís back to saving for next few month until I need to pay these annual bills again.

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

Strategy: - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.


Paying Insurances and other bills

February 6th, 2013 at 08:21 am

Finally I can pay my insurance bills that I was worried about! I spoke about them in these posts.
Tomorrow I will going to the city, can pay up all these and no long worry about them then start saving again after I pay the last two next month.

Starting over with budgeting and saving again!

Review of my spending plan for Bills!

One quote that I set my upper limit at was $650 higher than the final bill. Some households can't just afford to pay insurance on their houses, and after the last flood last week, it may only get higher again next year.

Well my house and contents insurance bill came in $349 above last year about 29% rise. I do have a very low risk of ever flooding here as I am the same height as the hospital helicopter port which is about six stories high on top of the hospital.

My car insurance which is due only 2 weeks earlier has a rise $43 about 9% up on last year. Value has gone down through. But as I get discount by having them all with one company and a senior discount on top this, so I will stay with insurance for another year and review again next year.

As for other bills I will paying my dental bill that I put on my credit card last month and advance payment on the IP bill as I need to make sure that all my bills are paid before the 14 February as I may not be available to pay any after that date and tomorrow is my last day in the city before then. All I need to do now is make sure there is enough money in the bank to pay all these.

I will do a final review of this Bill Challenge in another post. Then will set a new challenge for the balance of the year.

Everything has to go on hold from February 14 as I will not know what I will be doing for a few weeks even I may not be able to come online either. Nothing to worry about either just civil duty service work that I am not too old to do!

Tyre fixed and car service done!

January 22nd, 2013 at 10:10 am

I had a puncher in the rear tyre a nail was causing a slow leak luckily I wasnít driving too far so no new tyre yet! The mechanic fixed it and rotated the rear tyres. Service for the car was good and I got discount $280.00 off the full cost so my outlay came to $254.00. It will need to have a minor service in 5 monthsí time to get use of the full deal of this car service package which I paid $189.00. Itís worth $1090 so I will do some jobs that need to be done over the cause of this year. I havenít had much done for the last 2 years and now the car has no warranty to worry about I will go back to a car service every 5000km or once every year after this year. I will need to start saving for all my rubber and perishable parts to replace in the next three years or so whether they worn or not! For a car that has not done 26,000 km in 8 years itís in good nick even if I say so myself. I bought it with 13,000km on the clock 6 years ago.

As for the weather here today itís a lot cooler as it showering on off but not much rain to ease the drought conditions for now!

Surviving the heat here!

January 20th, 2013 at 04:00 am

I think we have got it lucky here as the heat has not been as bad as in some places around the country. Sydney had its hottest day since record begin about 105 years ago 46.5C . Here we got to about 35C and Ipswich got to over 40C which is only 30km away but inland not on the coast. I still havenít put my Air Conditioner on as I can stand the heat up 36C than I will think about if the there is no breeze, so I am saving money by only using a standing fan near my computer with all the doors open for any breeze. I canít do any gardening as the sun is too hot to be out in to do it. In January it is always like this so minimum gardening. The lawns are almost dead as we have had no rain for at least 6 weeks then very little of it.

Still no spending here as I am on my six no spending day in a row. Most likely will spend something tomorrow and on Tuesday my car goes in for a major service and new tyre I think I will get the spare tyre put on with this new one and use one of the old ones as a spare. I have to pay some bills this week so may go the city or a major shopping centre to that sometime this week after the car is fixed.

All my money will be spent on bills this month so I have got no money to spend anyway!

Last Two Days

January 10th, 2013 at 09:23 am

The trip to the dentist end up being a bit of a drama as I couldnít get my car to start, I had a flat battery, and had to get the car membership club to come and jump start it for me. I had rung the dentist to let them know that I wouldnít be able to keep my appointment that morning so they made it for the afternoon. After mechanic came I had to drive the car for a long drive without turning off the engine for over 40 minutes. So I took the car off for a good drive instead of going to the dentist. I had nowhere in mind to drive too, but just took off down one highway that went the back way heading for the Gold Coast and drove for 20 km along then took next return off and headed down another cross country road heading for area I thought would take me near my sonís suburb well it did but I found a sign saying City so I took that one. It end up on a new road heading for the road that I would got back onto if I went via my sonís place. They have been doing a lot of road works in this area over the past two years so I am not surprise at finding it.

I did around trip of 42 km in all and got home 60 minutes later. Then I had lunch and a bit of rest and went to the Dentist in afternoon another drive into same area but one road over from the one I took in the morning. I paid the balance on my dentist bill which came to out of pocket $540.00. I didnít spend on any else that day. At the end of the day after the engine cooled down, I put the battery charger on so I could recharge it overnight.

Today I went to the Chiro for my monthly appointment, and then just bought a Dan Brown book ĎSymbolsí it the picture one and some tissues as I was low on them. Also I went to find out about my house insurance but still they will not say how much it will be for next year as I have to wait until the end of the month. I know that itís gone up a lot that why I am worried about it. Somewhere between 30% and 500% which I canít afford if itís the later then I will only have days to find someone else as I may be unable to look owing to another commitment around this time. I keep you posted on this

Final Monthly Financial Summery for 2012

December 31st, 2012 at 09:05 am

I's time that I posted, this Financial Summery for the year.

I have updated my Excel so here are the figures for past month.

This for period of 28 days each as I looks like I missed one somewhere. As I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its every near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent
Eating out===$35=====$86
Groceries===$125=== =$147.05
Non-Food===$15=====$12.27
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20=====$7.49
Gas======$20=======$35.56
HH items===$40
Fares== ====$15 ====$10
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35===$62.10
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$66.49
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$43.20

Note only one amount is a No Spend

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $ 471.16 under by $78.84

No Spending Days 14 of 28 days

Personal allowance covers confectionery, lotto, books, stamps, craft & hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

As for Medical & Diabetes Expenses - this is the extra out of pockets amounts that came up over this period just on medicine that is not covered be refund claims.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month, it was $710

I do keep my bill money separated from this summery. This year I will be budgeting around $650 per period month to cover all my bills and bills for this period it came to $637

My grocery bill came in over budget for this period.
If any changes to my spending habits will need to come out of my daily living allowance categories of my budget as my bill categories are very tight now. I was very tight in some areas of this daily living allowance over this period but I did work out in the end.

Still need to work on a Grocery category and personal allowance as I got to stop spending money on books, I think this is my biggest downfall most of my personal spending is spent on books.

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.
Strategy: - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.

Review of my spending plan for Bills!

December 14th, 2012 at 09:51 am

I wrote about this in this blog Starting over with budgeting and saving again!

Hereís a list of some things that was planned and how I went so far four months in.

Trips - Sydney wedding and visit to my sister later next year but fare need to be paid in this period. (both are interstate.) Estimate $2000
Still waiting to book air fares for June visit to my sister so only air fares will come in this six spending plan not the holiday expenses. Sydney trip cost was $920

Out of pocket dental that canít be put off. Estimate $2000
Dental - I paid the first out of pocket bill today - $1375and second bill should be $540 = $1915

Car service that is well overdue so approx. $500
Paid $189 for car service card but still need pay for parts for major service? I will have this done mid- January.

Rates and water bills, power, medical fund annual fee, phone & internet fees, car rego. Approx. $5500
So far I paid medical fund annual fee $2320, first rates and water bills $456 car rego $515, first power $53 = $3344 with and will have extra Chiro Bill coming of $560 in February that not on this list. Another rates and water bills $456 and power $65 to come yet! = $521
Phone and internet will be around $500 for 6 months. I have reduced this cost by $30 per month.

House & Car Insurance due (these are the ones that I am worried about) Estimate $2700 but could be more.

Planned expenses for next six month estimated about $12,700
Age Pension over this time frame under $10,000


So living expenses will be almost nil for next few months, itís lucky that I do have savings to fall back on if I need too! I will try not to spend too much of it though.

By estimates I am within reach of the target but still living off my savings for Living day to day expenses. So far I have shaved off $2070 off the original total with around $650 will need to come out savings also!

I will have a few months to recoup this money before the next around of large bills. I am still a little worried about that House insurance bill coming in February or early March as some households have gone through the roof by thousands.

Strategy - Review your bills every six months that you are still saving money with your changes that you made since renewed or changed bill companies. Change your habits if you canít change the company.

Car Service VIP Card

December 12th, 2012 at 04:06 pm

The other day I got a door to door salesperson drop by here. He was selling Car Service VIP Cards for local garage. As I am in need of a major car service in the New Year past, I thought I buy one as the price was cost of this service only, the deal is I donít pay for labour but I do pay for all parts.

As my car has very low mileage and is now 8 years old. My car hasnít had a major or minor service for almost two years now so itís long overdue for one. I may need most of jobs on offer as there are 2 minor services plus heaps other little jobs that can be done.

The card cost $189 with $1009 man hoursí worth of jobs to be done over next 18 months. I am allowed to have three jobs each time off the VIP card.

It should be interesting to track whether I get good service or not with this deal and how much extras parts will cost etc. I know I may need a new tyre for a start.

Last time I had one of these VIP cards years ago, I stayed with that garage until I sold that car six years ago and got this one.


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