A Pain in My Budget: December 2009

by Shawanda Greene

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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?

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Carla December 1, 2009 at 4:03 AM

I think I am pretty much on track this month. Part of my Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping budget was spent on a tattoo yesterday for my birthday (December 1). Since our family is not big on holidays, I probably wont buy any gifts for anyone other than me, Steve and my sister. I tend to spread gift giving around during the year so X-Mas is not a big deal.


Shawanda December 4, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Happy (belated) Birthday!!! Do they have Black Friday specials on tattoos?

I ended up not buying anything on Cyber Monday, but I feel good about not going over my budget too much. Fortunately, my brother is the only person in my family who likes giving gifts. I'm still not buying him anything for Christmas.


Deacon December 3, 2009 at 10:55 PM

My budget is rockin' this month. I'm staying pretty lean on the spending, and I am getting a bunch of extra cash this month from DayJob and some outside work. I think I'll be disciplined and use the extra money to pay off debts, instead of wasting it on stupid shiny stuff.


Shawanda December 4, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Deacon. How've ya been?

Paying off debt sounds like a great alternative over buying stuff you don't really need. And let's be honest, there's a whole lot of stuff we don't need.


Deacon December 4, 2009 at 3:15 PM

You mean I don't need a third pair of fur-lined slippers, a slider cooking device, and a gold medallion? How will I live?!?

Things are good. I've got a lot done since BWE, but most of it is behind-the-scenes stuff, not really apparent (yet). I am poised to crush it next year.


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