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Today marks Halloween 1st, so here’s my requisite apology for failing to post August’s installment of How I Spent My Money until now, and a picture of a vErY sPoOkY cat:
So! In July’s How I Spent My Money post (and possibly in previous posts before that), I proposed setting aside a separate part of my budget for travel expenses and gifts, which is what I then tried out in August.
Total spending: -$1216
With my previous 3-category budget, that puts me at $616 over budget.
With my new 5-category budget, that puts me at $312 over budget.
Either way, not great, but the 5-category budget does seem to work better in terms of alleviating my guilt over spending on myself. (I tend to put spending on others before spending on myself – e.g. not skimping on a gift for someone else, and then choosing not to dine out to make up for it – when in fact my desires should come first, or at least be equally important as those of others.)