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Hope’s Actual Spending – Week of Aug 17-23


I’m still trying to figure out how to do my anticipated/budgeted spending and income each week versus my reality. But for now, I’ll just split it into two posts.

I posted my anticipated income and spending for the week of August 17th here. And many suggested posted what actually happened.

I am pleased to announce, I was pretty spot on with a few exceptions:

  • Volleyball games ended up costing me $20 – Gymnast went with me to one game and there were 3 games that week instead of 2.
  • CS – I ended up making $175 instead of $150.
  • NH – paid me a deposit of $300 for the work I was completing, and will pay the remainder after work is complete.

I predicted all these costs and income numbers pretty spot on. But there were costs I did not predict:

  • Eating out – $22 (2 meals) This has been an issue with all the sports travel for volleyball and needing to pick Sea Cadet up from his school at 10:30pm at night. We were starving! Thankfully, him having his own car now will help cut down if not eliminate this challenge.
  • Light bulbs – $15 (the two light bulbs over our kitchen stove went out and I need that light when cooking)

I’ll still looking at how I can do this better. Communicate better. Your suggestions are appreciated.



  • Reply Shanna |

    So I would add volleyball entrance fees to your budget. If you know all the games are $5 I would budget for every game and add a few more dollars if other kids may attend. Once LG is at the high school, as a student he should not have to pay entrance fees. You can also look into buying a booster card if your school does this. It is a set fee for a certain number of people to get into every home game at the school. And the eating out is simply planning ahead….bring a sandwich, pack a cooler, etc. Thanks for circling back with actual spending!!

    • Reply Hope |

      I actually account the entrance fees in the “Kid’s Activities” line item. I just didn’t break them out with my general budget.

      I’m finding having these general line items helps me. I don’t feel pigeon holed AND when the money for that category is used up in a month, I have to make some harder decisions.

      I am definitely a work in progress.

  • Reply Walnut |

    I’m not sure what your spreadsheet style formatting options are on the website, but a four column ‘Date’, ‘Income/Expense Name’, ‘Budgeted Amount’, ‘Actual Amount’ would be transparent and easy to follow.

    • Reply Hope |

      I was thinking the same thing…making it one post a week other than having to flip back and forth.

      It will help me track my budgeting and be more transparent for readers.

      • Reply Lauren |

        You don’t need to flip back and forth between the posts, or send readers back to look at an older updated post. For your first article, just post the spreadsheet as discribed at the beginning of the week in with the ‘actual’ column blank. When you write the second article at the end of the week, just put in the same spreadsheet with all columns complete. You’ll have it all in one place and easy to compare.

      • Reply Walnut |

        Two posts is ideal, actually. The first with the budgeted and then the second will have basically the same information but with the actual spend for the budgeted items and additional line items for anything unbudgeted that pops up.

  • Reply Cwaltz |

    Is the eating out category going to be taken from your misc entertainment budget or are you going to create a new line item? Likewise with light bulbs is that coming from misc or will you be creating a categoryforhousehold items that would not be covered by food stamps( that way when you need toilet pap er, shampoo offish soap it iscovered.) If you don’t create categories I can foresee miscellaneous being depleted pretty quick( you would already be at 37/150 after week 1)

    • Reply Hope |

      Yes, those both fall into MISC. Because I’ve been tracking things so tightly, I’m pretty confident that all our general needs are covered.
      I order cases of toilet paper, dishwashing liquid, soap, etc. on a quarterly basis. Again, barring any crazy events, we are pretty tight on those types of things. My next shipment of tp will come on Sept 12, my last one was in early June.

  • Reply Cwaltz |

    Did your client up work pay you? You said they were a regular client that you could anticipate income from.

    • Reply Hope |

      Yes, Upwork pays on a set schedule so that is “mostly” guaranteed.
      I say mostly because a client can dispute it, but I haven’t had that happen and don’t anticipate it will be an issue.

So, what do you think ?