We have started the new financial year with plenty of spending but when you look at it over the longer term it is just under the monthly average for 2015.
So, what did we spend our money on? Unlike some other months, there was no spending on gifts or travel. The category of ‘House & Garden’ continues to to be where much of our discretionary spending goes. In July we bought our new desk for the home office and at the end of the month we replaced the microwave which died. ‘Food’ was almost $700 as we stocked up on supplies in July and petrol was higher as I drove to Brisbane a bit more to spend time with my mother. We spent $320 on clothing as we ordered several items of knitwear for both GMan and myself.
Here are the totals for the first 7 months of 2015:
January – $5,144.53
February – $1,783.49
March – $4,350.56
April – $2,385.31
May – $5,961.54
June – $2,939.07
July – $3,537.09
You need to remember that this is only our variable spending and does not include mortgage, rates, phone, internet, insurances or any other fixed costs.
The total for the first 7 months is $26,101.59 at an average of $3,729.00 per month.
I am starting to see some patterns emerge and these will be discussed in more detail later in the year.
It is important not to forget the reason for this tracking exercise. I wanted to see how much we spend and on what so that we could better understand what our actual financial needs would be in our retirement. Our plans to leave the paid workforce are still a few years away but preparation is a necessary part of that if we are to be able to live according to our means.