I decided to go back and see how my year to date numbers looks against the budget of $160 per month for all household goods which works out great because we are halfway through the year so I should be around $960 total spent.
Actual Year to Date Spending
Total OOP $918.58
The total number for the first 6 months of the year is under the 6 month budget because of my savings other months. After subtracting the difference, it is very creepy but I am under $41.42 of the 6 month budget. These numbers are trying to tell me something!! Maybe I should play the lottery.
After a lot of thinking, I still don't know what to do! But when I started this strict budgeting process, I promised myself that I wouldn't beat myself up or take out a bad month on the next. That was the main reason that I went with a monthly budget instead of a weekly budget because I am horrible at weekly spending. After realizing that year to date I am doing okay. I am going to not limit this months budget but I will probably still end up low because my heart and my brain are at war over this spending because of the fact that the majority of the items were luxury splurge items that we could have done without like ice cream and soda but I guess you have to splurge every once in awhile!!
What do you think of my calculations and decisions??