I was home alone for most of December while Mr. Mechanic flew to various residency interviews. This meant a lot of time watching movies he would never want to watch (what do you mean no British Bake Off or The Good Place for a week?!), scarfing down Trader Joe’s Lasagna (family size? Let’s be real), and picking up some extra art projects before Christmas.
We drove down for a ski trip, took a Christmas Eve flight to Denver, and had a wonderful time visiting friends and family.
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You may recall in my last expense report that we had a lavish feast from the Jerusalem cookbook, and one highlight this holiday was receiving it as a gift! I also received a onesie, so Mr. Mechanic and I have been cooking it up in our house in matching outfits from when I got him one back in September. I think we can conclude that December has been pretty great to us.
Expense report time!
A note on reading these expense reports: for simplicity (and accuracy) I put all expenses in the month that they are paid. It is a record of just my expenses.
Without further ado, here is the expense report for December:
|Medical Expenses||$721||Oof this was a rough month, my bill from urgent care back in June came through, and I had to get two root canals done. We are lucky to have a dentist in the family who could refer me to an Endodontist that gave me a “buy-one-get-one-free” deal.|
|Travel||$272||Roundtrip ticket to Denver|
|Groceries||$126||A pretty average month of spending. We made some fun things:
– Chicken with caramelized onion & cardamom rice
– Chicken chili momos
– Slow cooker pork
– Vegetable roasts
|Gifts||$130||‘Tis the season! I think there is room here to plan ahead with our gifts. I did do some personal artwork, and a big chunk went towards Smash Bros for Switch. We have a lot of family and extended family, so it would be worth looking more into giving generous (but frugal) gifts.|
|Blog||$48||I went from WordPress hosting to self-hosting, cancelling my old Premium subscription. I got a refund for $47.60 that I put towards the two years of hosting with Siteground ($94.80), and spent a lot of time this month tweaking the theme rather than writing… It’s time to buckle down!|
|Restaurants||$18.50||Went to a brewery with some friends and got lunch with some coworkers at a Belizean restaurant|
|Monthly Service fee||$12||Opened a Chase account to deposit the check when I sold my car. If you don’t have direct deposit set up or have less than a certain amount in the account, they charge a monthly fee. I called to get it reversed, and will be closing that account.|
|Total||2,263||Definitely above-average spending this month|
How were your December expenses? Do you have any frugal gift giving ideas? Leave a comment below!