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Month In Review - July 2017 - $879.96 (ALL bills included)
« on: August 02, 2017, 05:16:17 PM »
Here is a link to the blog post with pictures -

http://minimalistgamer.blogspot.com/2017/08/month-in-review-july-2017.html

Here is the full text post -

Disclaimer - It must be noted that I like analyzing data and trends. So the observations I am making, are just that. They are not be interpreted as complaints. I am very grateful to the powers that be for all the good fortune we have been bestowed in life.

July has been a relatively expensive month. Even though we stayed under $1000, we definitely indulged in a few things.

Food spending accounted for $272.40, which is definitely on the high side. $77 of that was spent on two meals (each), which were worth the money. One of those meals was a chicken fried steak. I haven't had one in a very long time, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

We spent some money on computer peripherals, and electronics.

I purchased a mechanical keyboard, and it feels excellent. I cannot imagine going back to a membrane keyboard. Considering how much I type each day, I did not mind spending a little bit of money on a keyboard. I have a feeling I am not going to need one for several years. The membrane keyboard was purchased in 2013, and its still working. I expect the new mechanical keyboard to last at least just as long.

This being summer, utility bills  are going to be on the higher end. The bills I paid in July are for the month of June. Bills for the month of July (which will be shown in spending for August) are significantly higher, but I expect this number to go down.

On the investment front, a total of $15,747.84 was invested in various account throughout the month of July. This included contributions to 401k account, taxable account and dividend reinvestment.

Our net worth grew by 4.996% to $128,532.13. Cash holdings accounted for 35.879% and the rest is investments. We are very close to reaching $100,000 in investments. This would be an exciting milestone for us.

Goal for the month of August would be to keep things under control, and spend less than $700 for the month. Our spending so far is at $411.91, which leaves us $288.09 for the rest of the month...its going to be challenging.
I paid off my mortgage! You can read the details here -
https://minimalistgamer.blogspot.com/2017/01/paid-off-our-mortgage.html

Feel free to ask any questions.