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September’s Budget = Blown

Well folks, it’s only Tuesday morning and only the 9th of September and I’ve already blown my budget out of the water. Which means September is going to be scary!

How did I manage to blow my budget? Well, lets just say Sunday and Monday were very, very expensive days. I guess you can just call me Spenderella! {I love that nickname! Thanks Budget Bloggess, it’s cute :)}

Last Friday during my workout (in case you don’t know, I go to Crossfit), my workout shoes gave me blister for the second time in less than 2 weeks. They seem to be holding up fine for non-running workouts still, but when it comes to running workouts I’m going to need a new pair of shoes, even though I haven’t had these even a year yet.

Luckily, where I work for my part-time job I can get Under Armour gear for a fraction of the cost, so my shoes that retail for $95 cost me only about $55. Boom!

So the plan for now is to try to use my old pair for non-running days and use my new pair for days that have running in the workouts, at least for now.

Now, you may remember that I took my computer to the repair shop back at the end of July/beginning of August. I was hoping that by getting some viruses removed and files cleaned up from my computer, I could make it last a while longer.

No such luck! It must be computer buying season. I finally got too frustrated with its sluggishness and so I broke down and bought a new computer Monday. I’m really loving the additional speed and I think it will make it easier and less stressful to complete my online side-hustle work, which is great because I’m really loving doing it (except for the computer frustrations I’ve had).

Luckily, my new computer cost about $375 (after tax). I know this is a reasonable amount that I can make up in about 2 months or less with my side hustles. Plus, I had some money stashed away to go toward this purchase already!

Lastly, I had to take my car to the shop Monday. Oh the car troubles I’ve had this year! I’m hoping that this is the last thing I’ll have to fix for a long while when it comes to my car.

One of my windows hasn’t been able to roll up or down and has been taped in place for about 3 months now. I finally broke down and decided to get it fixed because it wouldn’t even stay in place with the tape on anymore and winter is coming. I don’t want to play “freeze out” every day on my way to and from work.

Unfortunately, I was told it would cost me $25o to get this window issue fixed, but when I got to the shop to pick up my car the total was $325. BOO!

I found out that the reason it cost extra is because my car is pretty rare (for the area I live in) and the parts cost more than he was expecting. But, I am glad to no longer be driving around with tape on my window.

Total for the three days: $755!

Luckily, there’s still a lot of month left. I’m hoping to find some additional online work or pick up an extra shift at my weekend job to help make up for these big costs. I’m not delusional, I know I can’t make up that whole amount, but any dent I can make in it will help.

How’s September treating you so far?

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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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