January 2017 Expenses

There are things I love about each season. January was COLD. Cold, cold, cold. Like -20 below cold at times. Which most people hate, truth be told. They didn’t move to Montana to live like icicles. But I secretly love it. Of course, I would never tell people that. Complaining about the weather is a […]

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December Expenses

December has to be my favorite month of the year. And not just because of festive celebrations. December is when I finish up all my plans for the year and start planning the coming year(s). Planning, dreaming, scheming might just be my favorite activity. Our December expenses were really amazing! Even with 2 big expenses, […]

October Expenses

Record low, winter gear and birthdays

It’s finally happened! I wasn’t sure it ever would, but here we are. Our expenses were finally under $2,000 including our giving. (2 other months we would have made it, but our giving pushed us over.) I am so excited! I had originally estimated our expenses at $3500 a month, but we have actually averaged […]

September Expenses

“Wait! What? No, that isn’t possible! $1120 for food this month! Surely we accidentally triple entered a Costco receipt!” I would love to say I was cool like a cucumber, but I wasn’t. I could feel my chest tighten. My breathing started to get shallow. “What happened?!” I looked at Mr. Mt with slight panic […]

August Expenses

August’s expenses could have been the lowest yet, but every month brings some unique expenses. That is just the way life works. One-time expenses happen almost every month. Especially if you own a home, drive cars, have a yard, are married, have kids, or pets. This month would have dropped below $2,000 but we bought […]

May Expenses

$4500 spent in May! Wowza! May was an awesome, although rather expensive month. Here are a few of the things we dropped all that cash on. $450 for a trip to a theme park: Once a year we met up with some friends from college and take all the kids to a theme park. (big […]

April Expenses

The weather in April was truly amazing! I attribute our low spending for this month mostly on the fact that we were constantly out and about having fun. Because we live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, the best kinds of fun are often free. When we get so busy with […]

March Expenses

All the bills for baby #5 came in this month. Again, I was so thankful that we have health insurance. The bill from the hospital was close to $9,000 for our 48 hour stay (not to include the doctor fees, which we prepaid). Our portion of the payment was $500. Then there was the anesthesiologist’s […]