Budget roundup: May

Although we use electricity in this warmer weather, we make up for it by having fun! And having fun costs lots of money. Even though we haven’t gone over our budget, we have overspent on petrol because of the weekend trips we took in May. Technically, due to reduced electricity costs we should have had more left over in the account than we do but at least we haven’t gone over budget as a whole.


Although we came in under budget, we predictably spent more than last month due to how our shops fall throughout the month. We have seen a pattern of a low spend on food followed by a higher spend the following month. There is a slight difference this month thogh; when a high spend month occurs we normally have enough food in to last us a week into the following ‘low spend’ month, however this isn’t the case this month. We need to go shopping!


Hurrah! Summer is doing wonders for the electric budget. Just £30 spent this month. We could reduce this further if we tried harder but baths are a luxury we would like to keep enjoying. There have been a couple of occasions we have switched on the electric radiator in the bathroom to dry clothes due to the rainy week we had in May. Again, we could avoid this but prefer to spend a few extra pennies to have clean clothes that don’t smell fusty due to taking several days to dry.


As predicted the pattern continued making this month a costly one for petrol. We have been on many weekend trips this month: Camping near Dalby Forest, Pickering Show and a camping and walking trip in the Yorkshire Dales. I have half a tank at the moment which should last me until the end of the weekend. Dave’s is less than half full so will need to fill up this weekend most likely.


All our weekends away have been low cost on a case by case basis but accumulative they have added up. The most costly area is defiantly alcohol. We went to a day long music festival and a club night in May which ended up costing a lot in alcohol. I hardly drink so it’s mainly down to Dave but that’s a compromise we have agreed on from the start. I spend money on hair dye and face cream and the like to make up for it.


We haven’t yet got round to sorting a miscellaneous budget. It wasn’t needed this month thankfully but we must get one sorted.

We predict know May is going to be an expensive month. With two weddings and a week holiday in Wales planned for the end of the month we need to reconsider the budget or make and exception for the month by transferring more money from our personal accounts to fund the social budget without compromising our savings. It’s going to be a tough month but I’m sure we will keep our heads above water.

 PS. How did you do with your budget this month?

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.