December 2010 credit card bill finally arrived and it looks like we got through relatively unscathed. We did spend quite a bit of money on Black Friday, but that was all on the November bill so we consciously limited our shopping expenditures in December.
Gas – $66 (Gas price creeping up)
Public Transport – $47. I get $30 reimbursement though.
Internet – $30
New glasses for Mrs. – $150 (FSA)
New glasses for me – $150 (no FSA, bad planning on my part.)
Teeth cleaning – $7 (some credit from last time)
Baby bassinet – $170 (baby expense is starting to show up)
Pets – $124 (a bit higher than usual because we purchased 2 bags of food so we could get a free one.)
Blog – $50 donation to favorite charity giveaway
Cell phone minutes – $40
RITE AID – $74 (last minute FSA shopping spree)
* We give ourselves $100 allowance each every week to spend on discretionary items: groceries, shoes, shows, dinners out, and whatever else we want.
December 2010 compliance rating – 100%
These all look like legitimate expenses so we get an A this month. The total bill is under $1,000 and that’s pretty good for a Christmas bill. We didn’t travel this year so that helped quite a bit too.
Some cash purchases in December
Christmas gifts – around $100
HK 3390 Stereo receiver – $220 (No more stereo equipment for me, this will last me a long time.)
compliance rating = 100% – (what we should have paid with cash/total bill)
100% – ($0/$908)
What about your December bill? Was it under control or was it a monster?