Preparing December’s budget hurt a little bit. But not for reasons that pain most people this time of year. I only exceeded my Black Friday/Cyber Monday budget by about $10. From my findings, it should be pretty clear I made no arrangements to holiday shop for anyone other than Shawanda Greene (that’s me).
Every year I choose whether to visit my family on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Since it’s ridiculously expensive to travel down to Jacksonville on Thanksgiving, I usually go home for Christmas. Plus, my brother and his family weren’t home Thanksgiving, and I kinda wanna see him and his three kids. That’d be nice.
Although I included $350 in my November travel budget, I didn’t spend any money in that category. I don’ t have much of a choice in December. Additionally, I’ve semi-decided to travel to Dublin at some point during the first quarter of 2009. Judging by the alerts recently received from Airfarewatchdog.com, a flight to Dublin should run around $500 – $600. A travel budget approaching $1,000 – that’s painful.
If you recall from November’s budget, I significantly reduced the amount of money I aimed to spend on food and tasty, delicious spirits. Yeah I overspent by $20, but cutting that area by 50% is still a victory.
Unfortunately, getting my hair done will cost me almost $100. My hair is nappy as all get out, so I need to see my loctician. I have a company holiday party to attend, and I don’t want my unkempt tresses detracting from the inappropriately bright orange or atomic blue dress I’m wearing.
With both my nephews birthdays coming up, I want to do something nice for them. Hence the allotment of $300 for family. I’m thinking Chuck E. Cheese, but a friend tells me I’m estimating too much. We’ll see. The worst that could happen is that I spend less than anticipated, and slide the money back in my pocket.
Just kidding. I might buy the children something for Christmas.
How’s your budget looking for December?