September Budget

I love the start of a new month.  It feels like everything gets reset, so that any mistakes made the previous month can be put in the past and I can try again.  I also like it because even though I am stilling paying tons of money in debt service, I get a sense of satisfaction and excitement when I get to update those numbers and watch them go down!

What are my goals for September?  My only goal is to get through it.  I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts that work has been impossibly busy.  I’ve been putting in several hours a week in overtime in addition to working through lunch.  The big looming deadline is September 30, so instead of trying to take on some new challenge in eating or spending I am simply going to try to stick as close to my budget as possible.  I am including extra money for Subway this month, just in case.  I just need to get through September without a meltdown.

I did not meet my goals in August, but I learned from my mistakes, which is all I can ask for.  I failed in the $30 a week on food challenge, but did gain a better method for menu planning.  So with my life as it is, here is my September budget:

Category Budgeted
Food $           300.00
Housing/Utilities: $     1,236.99
Personal Care: $        100.00
Recreation: $         12.00
Transportation: $        190.55
Pet Care: $         80.33
Debt Service: $       1,799.24
Savings: $           300.00
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