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Monthly Financial Snapshot: July 2018

CategoryJul-18CommentsRent$768.75$750 for rent, paid via PlastiqInternet$55.92Internet is kind of expensive.Cell Phone$0.00Already paid for 1 year of service through MintSIM. = $15.51 / month!Natural Gas$19.72Little below average.Electricity$24.79Below average. I switched providers recently because they offered a low intro rate. Will cancel in a month or two when the rate changes again.Water$35.25Below averageGroceries$124.21Below average, due to work travelCar Insurance$0.00I pay every 6 months in April and October. Gasoline$95.55Above average, due to work travelCar Expenses$0.00Nothing this month.Health$48.44Heavily subsidized, high-deductible health plans through my work. Includes health and dental. Also monthly gym membership.Other

Monthly Financial Snapshot: June 2018

Apologies for the late post.


CategoryJun-18CommentsRent$762.50$750 for rent. No Plastiq fees this month thanks to referral.Internet$55.92Internet is kind of expensive.Cell Phone$0.00Already paid for 1 year of service through MintSIM. = $15.51 / month!Natural Gas$17.64Little below average.Electricity$19.45Below average. I switched providers recently because they offered a low intro rate. Will cancel in a month or two when the rate changes again.Water$29.91Below averageGroceries$174.46About average.Car Insurance$0.00I pay every 6 months in April and October. Gasoline$51.34Below average for the month.Car Expenses$0.00Nothing this month.Health$48.44Heavily subsidized, high-deductible health plans through my work. Includes health and dental. Also monthly gym membership.

Monthly Financial Snapshot: May 2018

CategoryMay-18CommentsRent$750.00$750 for rent. No Plastiq fees this month thanks to referral.Internet$55.92Internet is kind of expensive.Cell Phone$0.00Already paid for 1 year of service through MintSIM. = $15.51 / month!Natural Gas$52.46Paying for this month and last month.Electricity$21.29Below average. I switched providers recently because they offered a low intro rate. Will cancel in a month or two when the rate changes again.Water$34.01Slightly below average this month.Groceries$141.28Below average. I did some travelling this month, so less groceries at home. Ate less meat this month as well.Car Insurance$0.00I pay every 6 months in April and October. Gasoline$52.75Below average for the month. More time away = fewer days driving. Gas prices are going up though.Car Expenses$0.00Nothing this month.Health$48.44

Monthly Financial Snapshot: April 2018

Please excuse the somewhat late posting, as I'm on vacation.

This month was another somewhat high spending month, as I traveled once for family and once for personal vacation. My policy is to record all of my expenses incurred while traveling (including food) under "travel" rather than where they might otherwise be recorded if I incurred them while at home, so that I can better understand the financial impact of my trips and budget for them in the long-term. As a result, "travel" continues to be my largest budgetary line-item after my rent, even though I only travel a few times per year. I'll have to take a deep dive sometime to see whether that's a testament to how low my remaining expenses are or an indictment of my lavish spendthrift ways while I'm on vacation.


CategoryApr-18CommentsRent$768.75$750 for rent + $18.75 Plastiq feesInternet$55.92Internet is kind of expensive.Cell Phone$0.00Already paid for 1 year of service through MintSIM. = $15.51 /…