Monday, May 19, 2014

New Budget

Not a lot of ceremony for this, but I think I've decided on a new budget... here's my old budget. And here's the new one:

1st check: (between 1st and 15th day of the month)
$200 car payment
$200 food/personal/gas
$85 car insurance
$430 savings

2nd check: between 16th and end of month)
$500 Rent
$200 food/personal/gas
$45 Verizon (cell)
$170 savings

Main difference is that I wont be leaving the car payment or increased car insurance to chance. They are accounted for in full. (Yes, the car payment is only $167, but I want to pay it off as soon as possible, so $200 was the arbitrary number I picked while doing my math.)

This gives me a total of $600 in savings, short by $210 which I had originally planned. From June on, my goal will be to make up as much of that missing amount as possible.

Also, starting June, I will be keeping mind of my goal a bit differently... I know I need $12k before the end of next May, so I will count down to it. On paper as of right now, I will be 4k short from the goal by the deadline. We'll see how close I get to it! It's only $200 a month... how hard can it be?

I've also cooked up something as far as my... rental situation, but I'll cover that later. I'm glad we're having such nice weather. It gives me plenty of time to think and enjoy some quality vitamin D!

11 comments:

  1. What is the 12k goal? Moving money? I'm interested to see what you've come up with rental wise.

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    1. Yup, 12k would be 6 months of expenses in case I dont get a job right away, and I want to have at least that much or as close to it as I can get before I move.

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  2. $500 rent is nice! what about electricity? water? nat gas? trash?! Internet and cable or satellite?!

    Keep up with the savings, it is sooo hard to save money...

    HS

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    1. I only rent a room in a house, so it's all included in the rent price. If I had to pay utilities, I may as well get my own place and control the costs!

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  3. As long as you still eat, lol :) I hope you got your rental situation all figured out.

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    1. Hahaha, yeah... that pesky little eating thing...

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  4. Congratulations on paying off the student loan and socking away a huge amount of your monthly check into savings. Very impressed!

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  5. Excellent work. Great budget!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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  6. Looks good on paper! That's a nice amount to savings! :) I need to reevaluate our budget as well!

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