$367 pet expenses
$33 alarm monitoring
$250 household items/furniture
So the best news of this budget is that I was able to put $1,000 towards retirement! Yay! Retirement is becoming a reality. I can't believe I'm actually at a point where I can save money for it. My intention is to fully max out my Roth IRA this year. Wish me luck. I also would like to put another $3,500 in mutual funds to save for retirement as well.
I had some unexpected pet expenses this month, but luckily I had room in the budget. Hopefully, next month that money will go towards retirement. The faster I reach $5,500 the better.
I am excited about the $250 to put towards my new furniture fund. Once I finally save enough for new furniture I plan to use this money to replace things around the house, a new fence, remodeling, etc.
The last category is for my mother. My mother is in her late 60s and I am in my early 30s. My father died at 68, when I was 25 years old. I wish that I had been able to do more with him and really enjoy interacting with him. I want the opportunity to enjoy my mom, now that we can be friends and less of the mother/daughter dynamic. So this category represents that goal. It also is a backup fund in case she gets sick and I can't work because I need to care for her. I also want to spoil my Mom because she has sacrificed so much for me and my sisters and my dad over the years,
Okay, that's it- 2 weeks of pay all gone.