December was a pretty thrifty month for us, all things considered. I know for a lot of people December can be especially difficult for finances. Thankfully, I had planned ahead enough and we managed to get through the month as if it was like any other.
Our monthly expenses were paid ahead of their due dates and we saw a much higher electric bill this time as we are now in winter and our temperatures have been well below freezing most days. I was pleasantly surprised, however to see I had budgeted more than was necessary to cover that expense. I was able to push the extra over to my Laverne goal.
Speaking of... how is that going? Well I am very happy to report that I am ahead of schedule and super excited about that! Getting the money put back that I've spent on the motorhome so far is my current priority and I'll be very happy to have that goal wrapped up and completed soon.
I had a few unexpected medical bills this month and I managed those using money in our emergency fund, which is what that fund is designed for. I plan to get that money put back next month so I'm sure to have it in case I need it again. There is a lot of comfort knowing that I have that money set aside, just in case.
Christmas can be an expensive time, but I had planned ahead and prepared enough that we literally felt no financial impact whatsoever. The only Christmas shopping I did in December was to finish up stocking stuffers and I did that at the dollar store. I had a lot of fun too!
We had plenty of food in the pantry and freezers including our meat for our Christmas dinner which I had bought on sale a couple months ago. We didn't need much this month. I filled in with fresh produce and dairy as well as a few pantry items coming in well under budget.
I found fuel at a service station near my work for 10¢ less per gallon than Fred Meyer so I stopped there to fill up our car. I only needed to buy one tank of fuel this month and I'll be ending the year with over half a tank still left. The girls being out of school the last half of the month has made quite a difference in our fuel use.
So that is it for the final month of the year. Going forward into 2018 I plan to continue with my latest financial goal and I have a few new ones in mind as well. In order to accomplish those goals we'll need to be wise with our spending. I hope you'll continue to follow along with me as we embark on another fantastic and thrifty year ahead.