Oh March. What the hell happened.
I went to look back through our statements to find out where the money went this month, and it turns out I have absolutely no idea.
Thankfully our plans to pay our line of credit, mortgage, etc. have been automated. So we did fine in that regard. And we didn’t use our credit cards. But any extra cash I had after purchasing the MacBook, as well as an undetermined amount of change from our change jar just sortof… evaporated.
Biggest Win: Managing to pay the amounts planned on our line of credit account.
Biggest Fail: Losing track of where our money was going. We certainly didn’t do anything fancy or exciting with it, since we realized on the last weekend of the month that we’d run out of cash and had to adjust some plans. But other than realizing where “the end” was, we don’t have much of an idea about where any of the money went.
Numbers this month:
Debt paid down in March: $2900.00
Amount left to go: $16004.88
Discretionary spending for the month: no idea. More than $1000… not much more, but no idea how much. Oh, plus the fancy new MacBook for about $1500
Lessons Learned: The biggest bummer about “losing” the extra money we had is that one is not having put anything extra toward our debt. If we’d have stuck to our variable spending budget we would’ve been able to pay down our account those few hundred dollars more.
So we’re back to writing everything down, and hoping that paying more careful attention to the budget in April makes sure we’re back on track.