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Expense tracking FAIL

April 25th, 2012 at 08:19 pm

Well folks, it's been 6 days since I tracked spending, and my heart's just not into going back and figuring it out. When I agreed to join the challenge, I did not foresee a last-minute trip to Virginia in the middle.

The positive part, anyway, is that during my trip, I spent less than $40. $36 to take AS's mom out to dinner and $3 to buy a box of Pringles on the plane.

It's too bad, because this would have been a truly epic month for tracking spending. Not only did I send $4500 to the lawyer, buy plane tickets and hotel for two separate trips, and pay over a thousand dollars of various medical bills, but I also just paid for NT's summer class, which was over $2000. Believe me, we do not usually spend like this; we definitely spent way more than we brought in, which is unusual for us (obviously, or we'd be in a heck of a lot of trouble!).

Still, 19 days of tracking was pretty good; I've never done anything like that before. If we really need to tighten our belts at some point, I would use that as a way to keep us accountable.

Anyway, paying the tuition means I reduced our "estimated future debt" for college, which is part of our total household debt. That means we've reached our April debt goal after all! I didn't think we'd be doing that. I'll do the exact calculation in a post tomorrow.

I've been cooking up a May fitness challenge for myself, so I'll post about that as well. If anyone would like to join in, it would probably help me keep on the straight and narrow. Smile

4 Responses to “Expense tracking FAIL”

  1. mamasita Says:

    I'm in for a fitness challenge! Smile

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    I'd be up for a fitness challenge also

  3. mjrube94 Says:

    Me too! I need some accountability, because it's not happening on my own!

  4. laura Says:


    Boy, count me on that Fitness Challenge! I am still a size 6, but a 6 with a panty-girdle is not what I used to be. Frown Anyhow, I think you've done well with the spending that you DID track.

    How is Mom? Feeling better, I hope. Bet AA made her smile lots.

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