February was another positive month, little thanks to the day job. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have a steady job where I’m appreciated and benefits are provided at low cost. Even though I’m keeping my expenses down, I’m still relying on my side income to get me through the month.
I also received a rebate check from my Citi Dividend Platinum Select Rewards Card. While they’re not providing the 5% cash back they used to, I am still likely to reach the maximum of $300 a year. Other than this rebate, there isn’t anything particularly interesting in the income categories. March will look good with a bonus and a raise.
Here are the numbers. After the report I have comments about my expenses.
My food expenses have decreased this month, even including my grocery costs. I mentioned earlier that my goal is to limit my monthly spending to $200 between groceries and food. I’m not quite at that point, but I am kind of working on it.
I spent a lot of money in the entertainment category this month. That’s mostly due to the Martin D-15 acoustic guitar I purchased, but I also picked up some coins that interested me from the U.S. Mint.
I picked up the tickets for my flight to California in April, and one round trip ticket is reflected in the vacation category. I don’t think anything else in the report warrants explanation, but feel free to leave a comment if you have a question.
March should be a good month for income and expenses. As I mentioned, tomorrow I’ll be receiving a bonus from the day job, and my raise goes into effect for the pay period beginning Monday. On the other side of the report, I’m not predicting any big expenditures in March, unlike February with the guitar and airline ticket.
Updated March 28, 2010 and originally published March 1, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.