Update on May Expenses
May turned out to be a pretty decent month for out-of-the-ordinary expenses. You can see my full explanations for what I expected here. Below is a comparison of what I projected and what we actually spent:
- Car care: $900 (expected)/$852.90 (actual). My husband got a slightly cheaper price for new tires from a place other than the dealership, and we had them put on in time for the inspection.
- HVAC club: $199 (expected)/$0 (actual). Thanks to the wacky spring weather we’ve had, there hasn’t been a need for us to use our air conditioning for more than one or two nights. As a result, I decided to hold off on this expense until June, when we’re more likely to use it on a regular basis.
- Veterinary care: $200 (expected)/$187.51 (actual). Poor Tony had an IBD flare-up in May, which meant another trip to vet, plus more medication. (And I learned how to give a cat subcutaneous fluids. There’s something I definitely never expected to be able to say!)
- Kid clothing: $0 (expected)/$196 (actual). I completely forgot that my neighbor with a daughter 18 months older than mine brings the outgrown contents of her daughter’s closet to my house twice a year, so I can have first dibs before she takes it all to the local children’s consignment store. She has very nice taste, so I get to purchase like-new condition clothing and shoes from some very nice (and some more standard) brands. In May she brought over both winter and summer clothing, and I stocked up for the next year or two.
June Anticipated Expenses
- Teacher gifts $100. While that feels like a big number, it includes gifts for my daughter’s classroom, music, art, gym, library, and ballet teachers, as well as her bus driver. As I did at Christmas-time, I’ll probably bake a tray a goodies for the school building staff, too. (This could be a great opportunity to make some progress on my baking goal for the year!)
- Dentist: $110. We learned at my daughter’s last cleaning that she has two cavities. Because they’re in back teeth, which she could have until she’s as old as 12, she needs to have them filled. Our portion of the bill will be $110.
- Hair cut: $60 (including tip). I know this may seem like a frivolous expense to some, but it happens no more than five times a year, and it’s worth it to me.
- Father’s Day & husband’s birthday: $100. Both fall in June, and to be honest, I haven’t figured out my plans for either of them, yet, so this is a guess.
- Veterinary care: $200. Since Tony’s been up-and-down lately, I’m putting this down. I hope I’m wrong, and we don’t use all or most of it.
- HVAC club membership renewal: $199. This entitles us to semi-annual system inspections and new filters, plus a discount on any additional parts of services throughout the year.
How did your expenses look in May? What are you anticipating for this month?