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August 2015 Budget Plan

August 5, 2015

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An update on my monthly budget plan. Here's my August 2015 budget plan via @shoeaholicnomore

I picked a heck of a time to decide to quit my job and begin freelancing full-time. This month is going to be a doozy!

Luckily, I did get one last paycheck from my job on July 31 which gave me the money I’ll just for the first half of August. I also get paid from many of my clients on the last day of the month, or the first day of the next month, so that will be the majority of what I need to live on the second half of August.

I also have a few clients who pay twice monthly so the income I get from them on the 15th will put me over the required amount I need for this month’s budget. Right now I plan to hold on to the extra (but not in my checking account so I can’t spend it) so I can use it for the beginning of September.

My hope is that eventually I’ll continue to build up more and more “extra” each month so I can live on last month’s income.

Last month I changed how I budget (again) and made my plan a lot more simplified. I decided to stick with that more simplified plan for August too.

CategoryMonthly Total
Saving$20.00
Mortgage$852.13
City Bill$127.41
Gas Bill$15.99
Cable$24.60
Internet$51.93
Phone$103.32
Fuel$50.00
Auto Insurance$123.46
Cleaning$90.00
Cash Spending$240.00
Weekend Travel$150.00
Annual Insurance Membership$50.00
Memorial for Friend's Death$40.00
Debt$779.50
TOTAL$2,718.34
FT Income$1,099.03
Business Income Required$1,620.00
Difference$0.69

I think this is one of my highest budgets ever and it’s my first month of being self-employed. (Yikes!)

At least there are a few things on here I can cut out if I find my month to be more than my money during the last few days.

How does your August budget plan look?

An update on my monthly budget plan. Here's my August 2015 budget plan via @shoeaholicnomore
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Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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18 responses to “August 2015 Budget Plan

    1. I’ve been saving and budgeting for FinCon separately from my regular monthly budget, so I don’t expect many problems that way.

  1. It took us a while to actually be living off last month’s income, but once we did it was great! So hopefully you can get that happening too. Good luck with your first full month of freelance income!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad I had that little extra cushion from my FT job, so I’m already about halfway to living on last month’s income.

  2. I love seeing people break down their budgets. I’m always curious to see how my bills compare to others. I am getting ready to make the leap from FT to (hopefully) self employment in the next couple months and I get a lil nervous when I have to figure out how much income I need to bring in. You are doing a great job!!

    1. Thanks Kristin! Good luck with making the switch. I’m so nervous now that I’ve done it, but that is just making me work harder so I can succeed.

  3. If you could get to the point where you are spending the prior month’s income or have a few months of income saved to tap into during the slow months, it would make freelancing much less stressful.

    1. I agree! I think it will take some time to get that “extra” built up (while still paying extra on debt and building my emergency fund), but I’ll get there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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