The AMEX bill came today. The bottom line: amazing. Defies belief. The result of staying out of Costco for a month is…well, to coin a phrase, it’s YYYYUUUUUGE!
As you know, the usual monthly budget to support the Funny Farm is around $1200, including just about everything but utilities. Except for utilities and a few bills paid annually (insurance & taxes) everything goes on AMEX and is paid off at the end of each month. I try to keep the total under $1200 but often fail in that endeavor.
Incredibly, the September bill came in at $759.60.
Holy mackerel! I don’t think I’ve ever had such a low monthly AMEX bill. The only explanation is that I stayed out of Costco (a.k.a. Impulse Buy Hell) except for buying some dog food makings and a bottle of booze.
This, despite going over budget in several areas: The $40 bottle of Maker’s Mark, the cookies for a church potluck, and a box of Parmesan crisps (impulse buy!) exceeded the $150 Costco allotment by $41 after purchases of dog meat and household sundries. I went $55 over budget in regular grocery stores, splurged on clothing and restaurant meals with friends and son, and coughed up $83 for towing and a $25 ding for an Experian report on the Venza.
Jeez. If my car hadn’t crapped out, the September bill would have been around $650: about half the usual AMEX budget!!!