If you show me yours, I’ll show you mine. Your credit card bill that is. What? Are you embarrassed about the $50 you spent last month on Jack in the Crack? Well, I bet you got nothing on me. I generally don’t blog about my monthly CC statement because it’s usually pretty standard, but this last month was anything but standard.
My July statement is unlike any other I’ve had. My bill isn’t $1,500. Not $2,500. Not even $3,500. In the last 30 days, I’ve managed to charge a whopping $4,310 to the good ol’ Alaska Airlines credit card. I don’t know if I should find joy in all the airline miles I’ve earned, or cry about all the money that will soon be leaving my checking account.
There is really one reason, and one reason only, for the giant bill. I spent a freakin’ ton of money. Granted, most of these expenses were anticipated, like my $2,250 honeymoon charge, the $489 GN and I spent at Ikea, and $300 in plane tickets to get back to San Deezy after the wedding.
But some of these expenses were either not anticipated, or much larger than planned. Take for example the money spent on household necessities (i.e.napkins, cleaning supplies, silverware trays, etc) when I moved in to our new place. I asked Girl Ninja, at the conclusion of our cleaning supplies shopping trip, how much she thought we spent and she guessed $80. Boy was she wrong. We walked away $160 poorer that day. But I’m happy to report I can go #2 all I want now as we have enough toilet paper to last a lifetime.
One thing I totally forgot to account for was an increase in our food bill during the summer months. We tend to eat out with friends quite a bit more in the summer, and since it’s so beautiful here in S.D., you know I have to start my grill up at least once a week. Dining out or grillin’ fresh chicken is not the most frugal option, but it’s SOOOO worth it. Let’s just say, I don’t expect to meet my $250/month food budget this month 🙁
While my $4,300 credit card bill might be three times larger than a normal bill, it’s really nothing to write home about, since I knew it was coming. Since it’s Friday, I thought we could have a little fun and see who here has racked up the highest CC balance over the last 30 days. I’d be shocked if I didn’t have the most charges. This shouldn’t include past CC balances, but only that which was accumulated over the last month. So, random creepy person reading my blog, what’s your credit card bill right now?
p.s. I can’t quite update on Operation Make a Huge Life Decision just yet, but I will soon.