Da Budget

laughI was pretty apprehensive about sharing a monthly budget. I mean I have been USING a monthly budget for years, it is the SHARING part that had me knuckled up.

My family has been living below our means since before there was an income to live below. But the Natural Bourgeoisie Creep of a two income household has got us spending in ways that would have made me feel queasy back in the day.

Quite Frankly, I was worried about scorn and ridicule of fellow FIRE types when I look over some om my ‘necessary’ spending.  Hence the photo.


The actual paycheck income is higher than this, but ONE LESSON I have taken to heart over the years is to live off the same level income – raise after raise – and stash the ‘new money‘. I also do my expenses over 52 weeks but count my paychecks at a rate of only 24 per year. I consider the 2 additional paychecks each year to be gravy.


The primary and second mortgage rates are good at 3.75% and 3.5%. Student loans are locked in at 3.0% and 3.5% and will be cut by half in April 2017.

Dining out is a HUGE problem I know, (new post soon – also addresses Housekeeping). Daycare expenses will end in 2-3 more years.

We use gas up at an alarming rate because we both drive to work, 60 miles round trip for me, 80 miles her.

Life Insurance will also go down at the end of the year, we carry too much.


So of the money coming in, this is where it goes. $ 3,851 gets tucked away automatically, I could not divert this money even if I wanted to. This is a great system to avoid temptation. Hal-9000 is watching.


I’m Sorry David, I can’t do that.

$ 1,553.00 is showing as money ‘Left over‘ but this also includes any discretionary spending and usually gets eaten into pretty heavily each month. There seems to be no end to the little things needed to maintain the upper middle class American lifestyle (grimaces inward).



10 thoughts on “Da Budget

  1. Hope you aren’t insides weren’t too twisted up after hitting the publish button on this 😉

    Serious OUCH on those commutes…and yeah the dining out 🙂 Great to see the automated savings and living below one’s means in action. Great visuals.

    Appreciate you allowing us to peek at your budget. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Your graphing skillz are amazing. Love the breakdown.

    This money that is being dipped in to every month seems like it’s being used as a monthly ef. I can’t really hate on that, between having kids and long commutes. Having that extra cash on hand has had to be a life saver on multiple occasions.

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  3. Yes! Glad to see someone else using the 24 vs 26 paycheck trick to hide a little extra!

    I don’t think you’all get any ridicule about your budget, from the FIRE community everyone has their own preferences and as long as you’re living below your income and tucking away money every month that’s all that matters.

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  4. Looks like we have similar budgets on things, aside from a 2nd house (which we don’t have). I also want to reduce our eating out and some other things. I haven’t gotten to the point of putting up our budget yet so I don’t get the ire of FIRE folks.

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