When it comes to these weekly budgets I have kept my finances completely separate from my wife’s. The budgets that I have been posting have been my weekly spending and that is mostly because she’s a private person that doesn’t share her financial information. We share our spending and one week I might give a bit more to the grocery spending than she does and vice versa. I think going forward I am going to start including mostly my spending but at times hers as well. There is no reason to keep things like grocery spending completely separated.
Here is my budget for this week:
May 11 – 17
This is definitely an increase from my typical budget. I have mixed a couple categories that were somewhat divided before. The biggest one is food, this upcoming week I expect that I will pay for the groceries and even if I don’t this is approximately what we’ve been spending for the three of us every week. This does include food and stuff for the baby.
Other than that I’ve allocated approximately $50 for alcohol which is an unnecessary expense but we have a long weekend coming up and it’s nice to have a beer or two when we get home from work and after the baby is asleep. I know that there is room for improvement in this budget but at the moment we are able to work this budget.
Question for my Readers
How do you handle items in your budget that are unnecessary but fall into the quality of life category? For example having a beer or some wine with dinner, unnecessary but if you enjoy something like this being forced to remove it becomes an issue of quality of life.