“Isn’t spring supposed to be here?”  That’s what my oldest daughter keeps asking as we continue to endure record-low temperatures, bitter air, and snowstorms on a weekly basis.  One night this weekend was in the 50’s and it felt like a heat wave.  My kids were outside riding their bikes and the dog was running around like he owned the place.  I am so glad that it is getting warm enough to venture outside for more than the mail.  We’re getting cabin fever over here!


Anyway, it’s totally March and I’m totally over winter.  True story.  I’m also counting down the days until I go to Florida with the fam.  It’s six weeks from Friday, bitches….  I seriously cannot wait.  In addition to the Florida trip, we’re also taking a kid-free trip to Las Vegas one weekend in May which will be totally rad. (Flights for four were totally paid for with Southwest Rapid Rewards points.  Woot!)  I cannot wait to see all the crazies and possibly become one of them.  Las Vegas is awesome.

But that’s not what we’re here for, is it?  Nope. 


We’re here for my monthly budget breakdown and all of the excitement that goes with it.  I know you’re pumped.  Wait for it….wait for it…..

March 2014 Budget Breakdown

  • Mortgage: $1,500
  • Groceries: $500
  • Daycare: $600
  • Internet: $45
  • College L: $25
  • College V: $25
  • Gas/Misc: $200
  • Cell Phone: $55
  • Health Insurance: $394
  • Life Ins. (H): $73.31
  • Neighborhood Assoc: $360
  • Florida Condo: $400
  • Electric: $100
  • Gas: $150
  • Sewer: $30
  • Water: $30
  • Sep IRA: $750
  • Roth IRA: $500

Total: $5,737.31

This month’s budget is slightly different for a few reasons:

  • Our utility bills are different here and our water and sewer bills arrive separately.  I hate paying lots of small bills so I am super annoyed by this.  Boooooo!
  • Our annual neighborhood fee is due April 1st so I’m paying it this month.  This fee covers all maintenance of the common areas, trash and recycling pickup, and access to our community parks, tennis courts, and swimming pools.
  • As I mentioned above, we’re heading to Florida in May for a week long vacay with the kiddos.  I already paid the $300 deposit so I only owe an additional $400 for the trip.  It’s due at the end of the month.
  • A lot of people have asked my why my mortgage is so high.  It is not $1,500, people!  We are on a 15-year-loan, but it is nowhere near $1,500.  I just like to pay extra.  That’s all.

Reader Email

Weird things have been going on around here lately.  For example, I’ve been getting a lot of nasty emails and comments.  Here’s one from this weekend:

I read your blog every day mostly because I hate you.  You’re a real bitch, you know it.


Thank you, Amanda.  Tell us something we don’t know.  Moving on……

In Search of Freelance Writing Jobs

One of my writing jobs ended last month and I’m currently looking for at least one job to replace it.  If you’re looking for a staff writer or someone to write occasional content, make sure to hit me up.  At least make sure to check out my new “Hire Me” page and let me know what you think!

Help Me Find a Place in Vegas

I need help!~  I need to get a hotel room in Vegas and I want to know about some of the cheapest deals you’ve ever found and where.  I do have some hotel points to burn but I do not want to spend them in Vegas.  I just want to find a place that is as inexpensive as possible.  Here’s why:

  • I don’t care if my hotel has a casino.
  • I won’t go swimming so I don’t care if my hotel has a pool.
  • We stayed at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay once and the expensive room was a total waste.  We were never there!

Here’s what I’m looking for in a hotel:

  • It has to be in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.  As I mentioned above, we stayed at Mandalay Bay last time and it was soooooooo far away from everything.  I don’t want to walk quite as much this time.
  • It has to have free wifi.  I refuse to pay for wifi.
  • It cannot have bed bugs.  I’m all about skanky hotels but I do not want bed bugs.  Gross!
  • It has to be cheap.  This is an uber-budget trip and I do not want to spend very much.  Less than $100 per night would be preferable.

I don’t want to spend a lot on a hotel because I want to save my money for hookers and gambling.  (I kid, I kid)  Actually, I plan on doing some of the free things to do in Vegas while I’m there as well as a whole lot of people watching.

What is your favorite budget hotel in Las Vegas?

How did your budget look this month?  Any big upcoming expenses or trips planned?