Received $26 bank interest for the month of May.
Received -$0- I Bond interest for the month of May (will kick in next month).
Snowflakes to Investments:
--Redeemed $40 credit card rewards (cash back) from our grocery card
--Redeemed $76 cash back on Citi card
--Redeemed $6 on dining out/gas card
Other Snowflakes to Investments:
+ $2 Savings from Target Red Card (grocery purchases)
TOTAL: $124 Snowflakes to Investments
Snowball to Savings:
+$1,400 MH Income
-$ 300 Donation to DL(16)'s school
-$ 100 Graduation Gift (niece)
Savings (from my paycheck):
+$950 to cash (mid-term savings)
Pulled from mid-term savings:
-$950 Movie Expenses (Premier Party, Film Festival Submissions, etc.)
-$585 Drivers Ed
-$180 Show Tickets
-$120 Crowd Funding (paying it forward)
Short-Term Savings (for non-monthly expenses within the year):
+$1,500 to cash
-$ 150 School Band concerts & field trips
-$ 144 DMV Renewal (Kids' car)
-$ 100 State Tax E-file (x5)
-$ 80 Oil Change (hybrid)
-$ 78 Pest Control
TOTAL: $2,112 Deposited to Cash and Investments
Hybrid Miles Driven May: 645
Fuel Costs: $16 Electricity
(assumed 50 miles & 14 KwH per full charge)
Electric (EV) Miles Driven May: 1,146
Fuel Costs: $16 (home) + $25 (out)
(assumed 300 miles & 60 KwH per full charge)
Most charging (both cars) was done at home.
We did -0-? miles of free charging this month. I don't recall any free charging.
We did plan about 300-ish miles of free charging for our bigger road trip last last weekend but as I mentioned in my last post we turned around because DL(16) was ill. It wasn't well planned and we just stopped wherever.
I am racking my brain because I thought we were out of town every week in May but I just figured it out.
Week 1 San Jose ~ that was April 30th
Week 2 San Francisco ~ we took the train
Week 3 Bay Area ~ DL(16) had a band event but it wasn't far enough to warrant a stop/charge
Week 4 So Cal ~ spent $25 at chargers
June will be more of the same.
Note: I am always lagging a month behind because any bills charged in April will be paid off May 1 and reflected in my May 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 April spending & May savings.
I expect that this is the last DMV renewal I should be paying for the kids' car. MM(18) will be back this month covering all expenses for summer (he has a job/summer commute). Probably a small gap after that but DL(16) should be licensed and taking over the car expenses this fall. MH and I covered some of the car expenses while MM(18) wasn't using the car and DL(16) didn't even have a permit. I am happy to cross that extra expense off my list soon.
The donation to DL(16)'s school is somewhat required (in the form of either money or time). I would have done some of this in December but the website was not working and I could not make donations. Because of the large chunk, I just took it out of MH's income. We probably skipped the past couple of years (in the craziness), and just have one more year left. Something else that I can cross of my list soon-ish.
The hybrid does need an oil change once every 2 years. It was time. Given that this is really our only vehicle maintenance expense and a more specialized car, we just went to the dealership ($$$$$).
& then driver's ed... The place we used for MM(18) raised their prices significantly. It was only $300 before? This is not a universal price increase. It was just this one place that raised rates, but they still had amazing reviews (throug the pandemic) and we were really happy with them. So I bit the bullet. After the first drive, I am happy with this decision. Would pay any amount of money to get DL(16) more comfortable with driving. (Happy to say that it is paying off).
This should be the last big month for MH's movie expenses. Future expenses will mostly be travel, if he gets into more festivals.
I e-filed taxes for everyone (better and more secure). Did you hear that the IRS tossed 300 million "information returns" (e.g. W2s & 1099s) without processing them? 😱 I am skeptical that's all they threw away, given the bajillion IRS notices at work re: multiple paper filed entities (corporate and partnership tax returns). This is on top of my snail mail ID theft I experienced 10+ years ago. I chose to just e-file this year even if it was more expensive (than just paper filing with a postage stamp). Our parents are very generous and GMIL is broke, and so I never in a million years would ask them to pay for any of this. I filed tax returns for them and the kids. (I've always just e-filed our own tax return, but have snail mailed a kids' 2-page tax return in the past).
MH bought tickets to a show. We have since discussed two other concerts but they were just too hard to justify financially. I moved those to the "nevermind" column category. Both were kind of "would be fun," but not $200 fun. Nothing we were very passionate about.