I have been looking over our budget and crunching numbers lately. Here is what I have come up with.
Gas. Gas is killing my budget. I budget $250 for the month. For one, gasoline prices are high. $3.48 a gallon here (this is a lot better than what it was a month ago). Around $60 to fill our mini-van and $50 for our Jeep. We usually fill up about once a week. Add in the gasoline we now have to purchase to run our lawn mower and you can add in another $30 or so a month. Obviously $250 isn't going to cover it.
Groceries. I really need to start tracking this expense better. I haven't been buying meat since our freezers are full, yet I still seem to be going over budget each month. I am going to start tracking my grocery spending. Maybe I will log it on here to keep myself accountable.
Entertainment. This one we frequently go over. We budget $150 for the month. Going out to dinner once will take at least 1/3 of this. We have been eating out a little more frequently lately. So, do I increase the budget or just stop going out, which is something we enjoy. I will have to think about this one for a bit.
I feel pretty comfortable with our budget in all the other areas. I just have to rework the numbers to account for all the overspending above.