Well, it isn't pretty, but here it is.
My utilities are UGLY. I had to trim back on savings and credit card debt to accommodate my new, bigger, balanced bill pay amounts, and I still went over! I have paid my last home phone bill, so that will help some. I expect my electric and gas usage to go down now that there is one less person in the house. And I am seeing that already, it will just take some time for the reduced usage to impact my balanced bill pay plans. I'm still not completely sold on the whole balanced bill idea, but I'm going to leave it be for now.
Also in utilites, my cell phone bill is too darn high. I have called to see if I can get a lower bill, but I really can't at the moment. My contract is up in June for my line and my mom's line. J's line still has more than a year to go. AT&T is much more expensive than T-Mobile. I just want to go back to T-Mobile! My bill in March was $166, which included several $2 per use data charges. I had asked to have data blocked! When I called, I was told that it isn't blocked, but they will be happy to block it. If I accessed the web from my phone, it was only because I accidentally hit the wrong button. I have tons of roll-over minutes too, but I have the lowest amount of minutes which includes unlimited nights and weekends. If I bump down (from 700 to 550), then night and weekend calls will have to come from those 550 minutes. For 3 people, that seems like not enough.
"Everything Else" this time around is mostly for pharmacy and dr. co-pays, but does include a video game for J.
My Visa spending in March was fine, but February's bill had to be paid and CurveBall is poor again.
In all honesty, after all that has happened in the last 6 weeks, I am just grateful to have no new credit card debt.
Groceries was way too high. I picked up too many convenience foods, and picked up take n bake pizza a few times as well.
So that's how it went. I am determined to do better in April.
March 2012 Budget Report
April 5th, 2012 at 12:11 am
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