Woo, tax season is over! I forgot I had monthly budget breakdowns to do until it crept up back onto the popular tab in the sidebar. I looked over the breakdown from January to April and I got a headache from looking at it. Mind you, I wrote it. That’s how bad it’s formatted. I took a page from Root of Good and his May financial update. I’m going to sling it that style.
We’re doing this as a monthly entry thing. Fewer headaches, less confusion and more money (s)talk.
We are a household of 3 grown adult (& 1 dog). Our budgeted balance is less than $2000 per month for everything from floss to fluorescent light bulbs. We run AirBnBs full-time that counteracts the mortgages.
*This budget does not include the our mortgages, property taxes, water/sewage/trash fees or any homeowner’s insurance. Recurring payments such as mortgage and property tax are repetitive in nature so to simplify we automatically round-up and deduct -$6,000 from our monthly income to cover our main residence and rental property.
*Insurance & internet is covered by my husband’s employer.
*We directly deposit $5,000 into retirement savings no matter what. It’s automatically deducted and added to our tax friendly accounts every month.
*This budget is 95% accurate. We rarely deal with cash but we don’t go down to the penny anymore.
Fun fact: I have lost a cumulative of almost $200 on the bus throughout my life… 😞
INCOME (MAY 2017)
Paycheck: +$5,408 (net)
AirBnB: +$6,702 (gross)
Misc Income: +$7,642 (mostly tax refund + 1% Side hustle)
May Total = $24,816
EXPENSES (MAY 2017)
Groceries & Dine Outs – $439
Do you know what hurts me the most? This category. Before we got married we had a budget of $1000 for 2 people in downtown Seattle and we ate like emperors. Now we budget $500 for 3 people which means it’s just pork and chicken and nothing else. Blame my dad. He has more time to shop then I do and he only picks and eats these two proteins.
I sneak home tri-tip steak and tuna sashimi (to make Hawaiian poke). We do go out on the weekends sometimes but definitely not as much as I want to. Hopefully we can bump up the food budget soon. I have no problem eating $1000 myself, alone. The moment we reach FIRE, that’s the plan. No retirement but you’re gonna have to pay me in surf clams and crackling duck!!!
Transportation – $18
We had a difficult AirBnB guest at our rental who insisted we come cool down the house from 72 to 60s but they refused to open any of the windows… Transportation was for $18 via Car2Go.
Personal care – $29
Easy month with almost no expenses in personal care. Hosting for my ecommerce site was the only running tally.
Entertainment – $126
This one was a bit of a surprise…what the heck did I buy on Amazon? I purchased a $90 ring light because I wanted to make YouTube videos… I brought a face painting kit for $10.77 because my friend told me to…? Finally, I purchased a $20 theme for my WordPress that I don’t particularly recommend but for $20, it’s workable. There’s some other things in there I can’t recall, but overall, we’re over budget by $100.
Home Maintenance – $0
Oooh goose egg! I love goose eggs! Smooth month for les Prudhomme homestead. We have received $350 in Home Depot gift cards from churning the Amex Gold card. Yay! Let’s keep it going, woot woot woot!
Misc. Expenses – $34
Batteries, toilet brush and the all-necessary…glittery bath bombs…(curses, Amazon, you tempestuous devil.)
Pets – $52
Gracie doesn’t have any allergies so I can buy her any type of dog food but I do keep away from Alpo and Caesars etc. They’re not the most reputable. We spend around $1/lb for gourmet dog food that usually retails around $2-3 a pound. I brought 3 giant bags of dog food for her this month so she’ll be covered for a while. We also got her 12 cans of wet food (sale) and a squeeze tube of salmon oil (sale). I have no trouble spending money on my dog, but I do need it to be on a good sale.
Vacation – $0
We get one vacation a year and it’s not really vacation. We fly home for a week during Christmas and we load up on family and food love. The good thing is we are hoarding close to 400,000 in airline miles/pts and the Virgin ones are expiring so we might have to go somewhere soon…
Phone (AT&T) – $90
We seriously need to make the switch over to something else! We’re both so busy that we have been saying we’ll change carriers for 12 months!
Gas (Stove) – $79
Is gas suppose to be this steep? The only thing we use gas for is our standard gas stove…eeeesh.
Electricity – $101
This electricity bill covers two properties and is billed once every 2 months. Did you know Seattle, Washington has one of the lowest electricity prices in America? We still changed out all the light bulbs in our home to energy-efficient ones. You can read great hacks on how to reduce usage with my nerdy buddy.
Water/sewage/trash is almost $200 a month in Seattle. We do run AirBnBs so we opt for the larger trash cans that cost more and water…well, water is just expensive.
Free Stuff –
We are a cockroach family (well me and dad, Jared’s a seigneur who has been banished to live with us). The cockroach fam-bam scores free stuff sometimes.
We found a coffee table, an end table, a blood glucose meter, a paper display, a dresser and parts of a wired fence. I had no idea about the fence, my dad just had it one day and was installing it…last month we found a rolling office chair in great condition.
I also won 2 online contests from Aliexpress. My husband won a garnet gemstone ring and I won a freshwater pearl ring that are both in transit from Hong Kong. We didn’t buy rings when we got married and I was thinking maybe we should…then out of nowhere we won two separate contests that both happened to have rings as prizes. There were 13,000 applicants for each contest. That’s the universe telling me to keep holding off right? Crazy!
May Net Savings – $18,097 (including retirement)
Hey! That’s a 94% savings rate. Haha no no, I wish, we technically lost some money because we basically gave Uncle Sam a huge interest free loan! Our expenses for the month of May is just a $1000 since AirBnB has been covering both properties completely. I love summer time busyness! Net worth is down because of tech stock so we’re back to hovering around the 790s again but that’s OK.
Please tell me that didn’t put anyone to sleep. I almost fell asleep writing it. Is this entertaining or helpful at all? 🤥 Thanks for reading! 🙂