We had a big surprise when we got the February 2011 credit card bill – it’s a lot lower than usual! As some of you know, Baby RB40 joined the team in February and I thought we would have all kind of expenses. We did have some unexpected expenses, but our overall bill was down quite a bit.
Gas – $71 (Gas price keeps going up, but we don’t drive that much)
Tracfone prepaid minutes – $70 (this should last us a few months)
Pet – $10
Breast pump rental and paraphernalia – $146
Diapers from Amazon – $26
<<<<Halo Sleepsack – $24 (The Halo sack works pretty well. The kid hates being swaddled, fights really hard for about 5 minutes, and then falls asleep after wearing himself out.)
The total credit card bill was $347, our smallest in a long time. We were just so busy with baby that we didn’t have time or energy to spend money.
I had to use my debit card for the first time in 15 years though. I joined Costco! Yes, I gave in to the evil Borg empire so I can buy Kirkland formula.
Costco executive membership – $100 ($20 back in gift card and supposed to get at least $50 back at the end of the year, we’ll see how it goes.)
If you read my financial pet peeve – Supersize Me, you would know I hate value marketing. It’s tough to go against my principle, but when the Mrs. wants Kirkland formula for baby…. We’ll try shopping at Costco a bit more and see if we can save money on a few bulk items like TP.
We give ourselves $100 cash allowance each every week to spend on discretionary items: groceries, shoes, shows, dinners out, and whatever else we want.
We didn’t buy anything big with cash this month. There were a bunch of small purchases like groceries, Kirkland formula, and some take out sushi.
All in all a pretty boring month. You can take a look at our January bill to compare if you’d like.
Bonus: Here is Baby RB40 in his natural Houdini state.
3 weeks. You’ll never swaddle me! I am the champion! I shall escape all swaddles! I defy the swaddle! (Swaddle is such a funny word).