April 2016 Expenses

Recurring expenses:

Mortgage and Rent: $2,826.16

Babysitter and Daycare: $950

Bills & Utilities: $407.13

Household: $38.43

Gas & Fuel: $73.85

Entertainment: $23.68

Groceries: $145.63

Lunch at work: $25.06

Restaurants: $42.73

Gifts & Donations: $80

Gym membership: $29.99

Dry cleaning/personal care: $28

Total recurring: $4,670.66

Non-recurring expenses:

Travel: $1,106.40

Ebay/Amazon selling: $9.25


Total non-recurring: $1,115.65

Grand Total: $5,786.31

April showers bring May water bills?

We had another big month of spending in the ‘Travel’ category because we booked flights to attend a wedding on the East Coast in August. Spending time with family and friends is important to us though, so it is money well spent!

Our restaurant spending went from $0 to nearly $43 this month due to dinner out before the MMM meetup and a birthday dinner for Mrs. Thriftyskate’s mom. Again, things we were happy to spend money on. Also, quite proud of a mere $25.06 in ‘Lunch at work’ spending. I (Mrs. Thriftyskate) used to eat lunch out twice per week without fail, and it’s amazing how little I miss it now that I’ve gotten into a new routine.


2016 January Spending

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After publishing our prior year’s spending we thought it appropriate to continue with our monthly expenses going forward.


January was a fairly expensive month for the Thriftyskates due to $973.44 in non-recurring or annually-recurring expenses. Recurring expenses were about average, although we hope to cut the lunch at work category down this month.

Recurring expenses:

Mortgage and Rent: $2,818.25

Babysitter and Daycare: $950

Bills & Utilities: $279.31

Shopping: $110.51 (includes diapers for Miniskate and other miscellaneous household goods)

Gas & Fuel: $27.61

Entertainment: $7.99

Roth IRA: $916.74

Groceries: $287.98

Lunch at work: $98.93 (lots of room for improvement here)

Restaurants: $23.82

Gifts & Donations: $235.95 (higher than normal due to belated Christmas gifts)

Gym membership: $29.99

Dry cleaning: $22.65

Total recurring: $5,809.73


Non-recurring expenses:

Professional expenses: $380 (annual fee for professional license)

AAA membership annual member fee: $73

Amazon Prime Annual Membership fee: $106.92

Service & Parts: $145.75 (replacement battery for Mrs. Thriftyskate’s car)

Thriftyskate website: $137.52

Copies of Miniskate’s birth certificate: $56

Total non-recurring: $973.44

Grand Total: $6,783.17


There you have it. With about 8.5% of 2016 over, the Thriftyskates have spent almost 9.7% of our projection. As noted there were a few non-recurring expenses that added up so with those over, we should start to get back in line with spending over the next few months.