Confession Time: Spent money not on my tracking report!Posted: June 19, 2012
Okay, this last week some money didn’t show up on my spending report that should have. How much? $100. Why didn’t I show it on the spending report? Because it was budgeted for but shouldn’t have been spent for another few weeks. Have I confused you yet? Good…I mean, let me explain.
My birthday isn’t for another few weeks but when I was doing my budgeting, this last paycheck was where we would be able to take the money without hurting anything. Generally I would split it up but it was a three paycheck month so it worked out well. So I, in good faith, gave it to my guy along with a list of ideas he had asked for. And by the way, that was so hard! I really wanted to say “don’t get me anything” but I know better than to say that as I knew that I wouldn’t get away with it. And I had thought about the whole “put it towards blank fund” but he really wanted to get me something as he feels I don’t buy myself a lot. The reason my gifts came early? He really is impatient when it comes to giving things.
What did I get out of it? A candle, a dressy/work watch, iTunes gift card, three new work shirts (well, I can wear them other places as well but I needed some new work shirts), two new sports bras and 2 Disneyish movies. Oh and an awesome hand mixer thingy. (Am I the only girl who really likes getting kitchen stuff as gifts?) And I’m really excited about that hand mixer—it’s actually going to end up saving me some money on groceries!
I still haven’t explained why it’s not on the spending report. I tend to not put down his purchases as they are generally out of his money and I don’t track it as long as he stays within his “allowance” (I don’t like that word but it fits the situation). And as I’m not really supposed to know what was spent on me, I just didn’t add it. I mean, I knew it was going to be around $100 because we play fair in this household. I spent $100 on his birthday gift (a grill that means I cook a lot less!) so I knew what would be spent on me.
Should I be tracking his expenses? I haven’t decided yet. Sometimes I will (if you see ‘beer’ that is his purchase) but I don’t always think to go through his receipts when I’m pulling my list. His cash receipts that is. So I’m pretty happy all in all—yes, I got my gifts a few weeks early but they are all things I kind of really wanted and can use now.