…the results of my audit of our spending for the last three months:
It’s odd, isn’t it? I’m not sure if November is typical and the other months are outliers, or the other way ’round. I can identify some of the large expenses: parts and repairs for The Little Red Wagon; medical treatment for Queenie the Weenie; dental work and eyeglasses for My Dear Wife; a trip to The Big City; and Christmas, which always manages to trip us up somehow. Oh, and The Middle Boy went through three mouthpieces for his school-rental clarinet at roughly $20 each. Owch. I also graphed the average spending for each category:
Since “Travel” and “Gifts” only occurred in December, the average is the same as the total. I wish I’d been collecting this data all year so that I could have a better idea of what our monthly averages for these things have been, but that is sadly not the case.
Things obviously have to change. I’ll need to find some part-time work, at the very least, if we’re to avoid blowing through more loan money; we also have to establish strict yet workable guidelines for what we spend, and then stay within them. Of course, if it were really easy for us, we would have done it by now, and we wouldn’t be in this boat.