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February Budget Recap

Money isn't a fun topic, but it needs to be discussed more! That's why I am transparent about my budgeting and spending to give you an honest look at what spending looks like for our family of five. There is shame in money, believe me I've been there. Debt isn't fun, and it's hard opening up about mistakes you've made or struggles you have with money. My goal is to create an open space for people to be honest about their financial struggles, goals and wins! Read about our 2019 financial goals here!

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CLOTHING:
Budget: $200
Spent: $166

It's hard to categorize "shopping" so I'm changing this budget to specifically clothing. Prior I was including home decor and beauty. This month I purchased two sale items (jeans & camo overalls) for myself at Abercrombie for a total of $104. The rest of the budget went to a few items for Whitney and a bike helmet for Alex.

I will point out Alex did buy a BMX bike on Craigslist for $380 which was a very last minute purchase. I told him it's his birthday present.  To be honest I get very annoyed when Alex wants to buy things like this, but when I look at my monthly spending on clothes I know I spend just as much. Alex doesn't buy things often, but when he does they are pricey. Anyone else's spouse like this?

Gifted Items:
- Earth Sneakers
- Earth Sandals
- H&M $300 gift card - I tried on a TON of styles at their new store opening at Lakeline Mall, but walked out with nothing. I want to be intentional with this gift card, and use it for when my kids or myself need something. We have a family photoshoot coming up in the Spring and I will likely use the gift card to buy their outfits.

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EATING OUT:
Budget: $375
Spent: $526

Over budget but it's better than the $750 we usually spend. Our most expensive meal was when we tried a brand new Eastern European restaurant, Brama, and I wanted to try everything! We spent a total of $77, which isn't terrible for a date night. Can't forget the $60 we payed our babysitter. We could have done better, but there was one weekend when we were out of town and when we came home we didn't go to the grocery store. It threw us off for the whole week, and we ate fast food way too much.

March is going to be tough because SXSW is going on so lots of events, and the first weekend of March I'm going to a bachelorette party and will be eating out a lot.

Our budget for alcohol was $100 and we went over by $220. Alex had quite a few guys nights in February which he usually spends $30-$50 (including food). We also had a date night in Round Rock, and had a little too much fun with our friends (Fireball shots add up $)!

We went over our $650 grocery budget by $30, which isn't great seeing as we didn't go for almost a week. I think gas gets lumped in to this, so I need to be better about separating out gas when looking at my Mint account.

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We've been using Mint to manage our budget, and I actually just got Quickbooks to help with blogging expenses (mileage, food, props, etc.). *I wrote this post a few days ago, and last night we put an offer on a house so things could get REAL interesting soon when it comes to our budget. I'll keep you posted!

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