The debate around whether or not you really need to budget waxes and wanes in the personal finance community. Some claim not to need a budget at all, some use a "bucket" system, others track their spending only, and some go all in. For the past two years I've been blogging, I've been "all in" … Continue reading So, do you really need a budget?
June 2021 I'm a little later than I would normally be with this update as I was waiting for my final electricity bill to come in. I changed providers right near the end of June, and it took a couple of weeks for my previous provider to send through the finalised account. While the overall … Continue reading Reducing the discretionary spend – June 2021 results and overall year
Well, May was not my best month for both discretionary and non-discretionary spending, unfortunately. On the non-discretionary side, my Personal, Health & Wellness category got completely blown out because I had some medical expenses thanks to a knee that just wouldn't stop hurting. Two doctor's visits (one initial plus the follow up, and mine doesn't … Continue reading Reducing the discretionary spend – May 2021 results
Hmm, I might've gone a little overboard in April. I ended up with my second-highest negative net cash flow so far this financial year. That said, nearly a quarter of the overspend is because I decided to make some additional charitable donations above my usual annual budget (so far I've donated almost double what I … Continue reading Reducing the discretionary spend – April 2021 results
Well, only one category is in the black this month; the car category continues to be underspent due to reduced commuting. However, although there's a lot of red showing on my budget's Variance table (the one that shows me how much I'm over or under budget for each primary category), the amounts are relatively small … Continue reading Reducing the discretionary spend – March 2021 results