I’m back from my week-long hiatus and more refreshed than ever! A lot of things got done last week, including the sale and purchase of a car, switching health insurance, and of course–family time. Speaking of family, it’s that time of the month again–no, not that time–it’s the 8th, which means I’m due for another baby expense update.
By this time next month, you’ll be able to track these reports and all other family/baby-related posts on a special blog page. But for now, I ask for your patience! You can always refer back to last month’s post through this link.
If you like my posts on parenting, you cannot miss the parenting series in a few weeks, right here on Fiscal Fizzle. I’ll tackle some of the issues that were brought up in the #bp chat last week, and feature more guest writers!
The Second Month
Okay, let’s get into the meat of this post. Some of you reported problems with the Google Spreadsheet last month, so I’m going with a direct screen shot this time. Here are the second month expenses, as compared with last month, as well as the running total since birth:
The first thing you’ll probably notice is the significant rise since last month on non-savings outflows, so let’s go through and analyze some of the line items:
- There is an obvious increase in the health care portion of our spending. This month’s total included three doctor’s visits (two wellness visits that both happened to fall within the month), and a third visit for a skin issue that was resolved with a little bit of skin cream (also in the total). Lastly, we ordered our next (and last) batch of pre-natal vitamins through our insurance mail-order services.
- The diapers-wipes total includes us “buying ahead” toward the next month, since we’re purchasing in bulk.
- If the feeding/supplies total seems high, it’s because it includes some clothing items which make the job of feeding the baby in public much easier.
- I did not include the hospital bill (even though it was paid this month), since our supplemental insurance covered the entirety of the deductible. That AFLAC duck really knows what he’s talking about…
In total, we spent $390 this month, and $717 so far since birth. Not too bad for the first few months, when I expected expenses to be through the roof. What do you all think?
Until next month…
Photo by M.ADA