Received $27 bank interest for the month of January.
Snowflakes to Investments:
--Redeemed $32 credit card rewards (cash back) from our grocery card
--Redeemed $97 cash back on Citi card
--Redeemed $15 on dining out card (also used for groceries)
Other Snowflakes to Investments:
+ $15 Savings from Target Red Card (grocery purchases)
TOTAL: $159 Snowflakes to Investments
Snowball to Savings:
+$375 MH Income
Savings (from my paycheck):
+$800 to cash (mid-term savings)
Pulled from mid-term savings:
-$215 Medical Expenses
-$180 Target Gift cards on Sale
Short-Term Savings (for non-monthly expenses within the year):
+$1,500 to cash
-$1,100 Home Insurance
-$ 630 Dentist
-$ 290 Auto Insurance (Kid Car) ~ paying for this while MM(18) is away and DL is not licensed
-$ 78 Pest Control
TOTAL: $883 Deposited to Cash and Investments
Hybrid Miles Driven January: 668
Fuel Costs: $12 Electricity
Note: Extra low fuel month because this is net of $11 work auto reimbursement (for driving 19 miles).
Electric (EV) Miles Driven January: 1,392
Fuel Costs: $20
Note: EV includes 500 free miles. MH was able to get free electric charging when driving MM(18) back to college after New Years (we paid for the fill up before and after, at home). In addition, MH got 50 free miles (x2) at the movie theater.
All charging (both cars) was done at home or at free chargers.
MH was able to do a roundtrip Bay Area drive without stopping to fuel. (We got a newer/bigger battery due to recall and so the car has more range now). I expect this will be easier the rest of the year but was cutting it close in winter. Range is reduced in colder temps.
I stopped doing these updates in 2020. I don't remember why.
Since I am not blogging very much I decided to go back to this format. At the least, I can do a monthly snapshot. & I will add the driving data now that we are mostly driving electric. With rare exceptions, we are driving all-electric at this point.
Notes: I am always lagging a month behind because any bills charged in December will be paid off January 1 and reflected in my January numbers. I charge in one month and the next month I figure out how to pay for everything (if I need to pull anything from savings). So this update reflects December spending & January savings, if that makes sense.
UGH, January was terrible on the spending/savings front. But I suppose it was complicated by only receiving one paycheck in January and executing new 2021 budget with only one paycheck (of raise). February might even out with the shorter month. It's just a bummer we didn't utilize MH's high income month and save most of his income, but we had too many expenses. I think I am just feeling too much squeeze. The pendulum clearly swung after him being off work (no unemployment) for 6 months and just starting to feel like he may actually have a job this year. So there were a lot of purchases that we felt we could do. But on the flip side of the coin he is off work now and I don't expect any MH income for February. I have paid bills through 2/28, presuming no extra income. So it's a little squeeze on both ends.
We spent way too much on dining out, purchased some clothing and pet items, and also bought a set of pots and pans. My future self will thank me though. I probably would have bought just a couple of sauce pans, but I found a nice set for $250 and am keeping the rest for MM(18). He will have a kitchen/apartment next school year.
My primary goal is to hoard more cash for college. We have next 18 months mostly covered. But of course, want to be more ahead of the curve. And/or have extra funds for anything else that might happen.
Secondary goal is funding MH's movie. It just came up over the weekend. Will probably pay $350 to the editor this month. As the movie wraps up, talking about doing a screening party. Not sure how that will end up but I am encouraging MH to just go all out for that. To-date we haven't spent any of our own money and we can probably consider the screening a gift from his grandfather. & then there's talk of festivals and travel, but I think we can absorb a lot of that (frugally) in our (small) vacation budget.
These are the two big things we want to hoard some cash for.
If I seem a little blindsided by the movie (less prepared), it's been infinitely jinxed and delayed. So it is very sudden that there's talk of wrapping it up, and will see if it does actually wrap up in the next couple of months. 🤞
Today is payday. Already paid the rest of the February bills (with float). But needed my paycheck to pay off the big credit card. We like to pay everything ahead and basically start the beginning of each month debt free. So I will pay off that credit card right now. I set all my credit cards to a monthly cycle and just pay them all off the first of every month. None of this "waiting for statements and due dates" nonsense. But the monthly credit card cycle is how I have to do it for my accountant brain. That, and also managing multiple credit cards. This just keeps it very simple.
Note: Now that MM(18) has multiple credit cards, I should probably teach him this trick. You just set the due date so that the card runs for roughly a monthly cycle. If it closes a couple of days before the end of the month is best. You can always prepay the charges for the last few days of days of the month. All my credit cards close around the 28th of every month.
Our taxes are done. Just waiting for software updates so that I can file.