Oh my gosh. Is it *really* that time again? I cannot believe the month is over. I took a short trip with my housemates, and spent a lot of time working really hard (teaching started last week; I only have one class, but it’s big and it’s taking up a lot of time). But I still feel like the month shouldn’t have gone by quite as fast as it did. Another one in the rear view mirror.
Here’s my spending for the month:
Nothing too outrageous. The travel spending was expenses for the trip I took with my housemates to a music festival — basically I paid for a tank of gas ($20) and the rest was for food. We stayed with friends local to the festival, which was free, and I paid for my ticket months ago.
Slush spending was mostly at grocery stores, now that I look at it! And I bought some stamps. Medical was my share of having two fillings in my teeth (after insurance paid for part of them.) Clothing, a pair of sandals; professional expenses, membership in a professional association; and gifts, $100 to a gofundme for a friend whose husband was seriously injured in an accident. All basically pretty normal stuff.
This is super boring! It’s a good thing I have my automatic retirement contributions because otherwise there’d be hardly any movement at all. The markets were essentially flat for the month; the increase in the EF is a little big because I moved September’s contribution over a few days early. My income is temporarily lower than usual because I don’t start getting paid for the class I’m teaching until September, so things are tight — I cash-flowed the month, but didn’t have much extra to put into savings. I’m glad I managed $100 into the life fund as well as the planned EF contribution, though. Anyway, I did have an increase, even if it’s not thrilling, and September will hopefully look better!