The first quarter of 2017 went out with a bang. Or a boom. Or maybe a thud. Instead of sharing how much our net worth soared (we don’t track it) or how much our investments made (I mostly try not to look), I want to share another kind of truth with you. Sometimes you will bust your budget; sometimes you will spend your savings. And you will be OK.
At least that’s what I told myself as I slotted in our expenses for March into my incredibly low-tech Google Sheet. While I had initially waxed poetic about saving our tax refund and my extra paycheck this money, we made the decision to part with some of it. Does $1068.36 qualify as some? So let’s take a peek at where our windfall went, shall we?
$178 – New toilet for the Master bathroom
We’d replaced the guts on the old one twice. But even without the leaks, the toilet was original to the house, so it was a wasteful water guzzler. Then, the finish started coming off the porcelain. When concoction of chemicals kept it clean, we figured we’d bit the bullet and replace. The new one is so much quieter, fills in an instant, and only uses a gallon and a half of water. #thisis30 has never seemed like a more fitting hashtag than when a toilet was the highlight of my spring break.
$153 – Memory foam mattress topper
There are all sorts of gizmos and gadgets that exist to make sleeping more comfortable while you’re pregnant. After weeks of DIYing my own and at one point, sleeping with seven (seven!) different pillows, I called in the big guns. Namely, a sale at Kohl’s. Because it was always the hip I laid on that felt like a small fire had been lit in the joint, we opted for a mattress topper instead of a Snoogle. When Hubs threatened to cut the mattress topper in half to keep his side even if I didn’t like sleeping on it, I knew it was money well spent.
Sidenote: My hunch is the only way to truly make sleeping while pregnant a cozy experience is to wait until after Half Penny arrives. Or turns into a teenager and learns to sleep in.
$488.05 – Garden beds
One of my favorite things in the world is growing my own vegetables. Last year, we had amassed a conglomeration of four different raised beds. They were definitely a bit hodge-podge looking, but I didn’t mind and neither did the plants. In fact, I’m not even going to try to justify this other than saying we’re not taking a vacation this summer, and it’s something Mr. P and I both love to do. So we now have all the trappings necessary to make a 16×20 bed plus all the dirt, peat moss, and manure you can even imagine stashed in our garage right now. My car is going to smell like roses. I can feel it. And we’re totally counting this for my birthday present. Mr. P just doesn’t know it yet. Speaking of Mr. P, the last I saw him, he was looking up hydroponics on Pinterest. Google gods, help me.
$83 – New phone experiment
Mr. P was our budget guinea pig, switching cell phone carriers a few weeks ago. As a result, he had to buy a SIM card and pay a $15 activation fee. We’re due a partial credit from Sprint, which will take this number down $30 or so. Still, if this helps us save over $80 a month inn the long run, I’m all for it.
$62.33 – Groceries
That’s $62.33 beyond our $200 grocery budget. Gulp. I’m not sure what to say about this. I ate a lot? I’m growing a human? Really, it has more to do with my strategy to stock up on household items before my unpaid leave than anything else. And maybe, just maybe, there was an extra carton of ice cream or two thrown in there.
Sidenote – Mr. P wants you to know there was also some beer involved. I’m eating for two. He’s drinking for two.
There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be back on track in April. In fact, that’s the only reason I’m typing this post so calmly. We have our budget set. We’ll continue to track our spending to avoid end-of-month surprises. While our savings didn’t necessarily go according to plan this month, I don’t regret any of our spending. If nothing else, at least I didn’t buy shoes.
So Tell Me…What’s the most recent thing that’s busted your budget? If you want to help me revive my Best Money Spent guest post series, I’d love to have more contributors.