Where Does It Go?

My lovely.  COME ON:

So many puns. No Mercy on money. Where do you go, my money? Anyway. One of Dave's main principles with budgeting is that you don't wait until a certain point in time and look back to see where your money went. Instead, you tell it where to go. And we definitely do that, but I always like to take stock of how well we've actually done it.  What do the numbers REALLY say? Because I would say that we stick to our budget 70 percent of the time. We are already doing better in January with cash and stick-to-itiv-ness than we were doing through the craziness that is fall.

Even though I use my budgeting spreadsheet to plan where our money is SUPPOSED TO GO, I use Mint to track our spending and our overall financial picture. I like that I can include our home loan in there and sync all of our accounts (including retirement). I go in and categorize almost all of our card swipes and can parse out what categories our cash withdraws should be attributed to. So this is where our money went in 2014:

2014 Spending

Our biggest category is the house, clearly. This includes our mortgage and ANY home improvement projects that we are doing. Next up was Miscellaneous Expenses, which seems like a really lame category to spend so much in until I tell you Misc. Expenses also included our wedding.  YIKES.

The one that makes me embarrassed of myself and my stomach's constant need for pleasure is our food budget... last year we spent... $7,806 on food. And I would add at least $6-800 of cash spending on food that I didn't account for. That is upwards of $650 a month. On food.

Now listen here self. This number also basically includes our entertainment budget because that is what we do for date nights and fun with friends: we eat y'all. We feed others a lot too. Do we need to reign this in a little? Yes. Are we still going to spend a lot on food? You freaking bet ya.

We eat well and we eat well. Here is what I mean: we like YUMMY mind blowing food on one hand (i.e., not healthy, but more on the fancy spectrum. We eat well.) and we like healthy, good for you body fuel on the other (eating actually, literally, well). Also, the amount of food I eat is mind blowing sometimes. The Treans can put it away.  Andy frequently says that he loves to watch me eat because he has no idea how I can eat so much.  I just love food.  So I take responsibility for a good portion of what some may deem "overspending."

The other shockingly large area of expenses for us were bills and utilities. This includes cable, internet, electricity, water, ect. We spent $5,798 on this category. That seems super high until you break it down even further.


Our TV budget is high. It's just a fact. But we also don't go out and spend money on movies ect. We watch them from the comfort of our own tushies. Plus, we both get a lot of joy from watching all the Blazers games. The NBA league pass certainly drives up this area of our budget, but it is something we will not forgo. Speaking of TV and sports, I bit the bullet and gave up on paying for the NFL Sunday Ticket because my Seahawks AS DEFENDING CHAMPS would be playing a lot of nationally televised games. For the ones that weren't televised, we went over to Jay and Ben's. WIN WIN!

So that is where our money went last year. Pretty much what I predicted, but also a few OUCH! YIKES! OYE! Spots as well.

Where did your money go last year?

PSSSSST: if you don't know, getting set up on Mint is super easy and you can go through and populate everything to get a picture of where your money went just like I did!

PSSSSSSSSSST: this isn't a sponsored post. I just like talking about money tools. #realtalk

Thanksgiving 2014

I couldn't decide whether to share the rest of our wedding photos today or my pictures from Thanksgiving. Clearly, the end of this titillating and very mysterious introduction is that Thanksgiving won out. Chef Adam Branz is my bestie Peek's husband. He is also my friend. He is also an incredible human. He is also going to be more famous that he already is one day. He is also INCREDIBLY talented. At 8 am, he showed up at my house with all of this... IMG_3767 IMG_3768 IMG_3769 IMG_3771

And began doing this...IMG_3780

WTF. Is that a ham? I thought you guys had a 25 pound turkey? Double yeses to those questions. He used the fat from the ham to flavor things and do crazy nutty things to stuffing. IMG_3781

Those are mushrooms for our vegan stuffing that was made with mushroom fat. Yeah, process that. IMG_3783

And this the thing that I call a water counter top cooker thing. It cooked the turkey breasts in vacuum seal bags with vegan butter and God only knows what else until Adam yanked it out and seared it in cast irons and then ovened it and did things to it. (CLEARLY, if you came here looking for recipes you are SORELY disappointed). IMG_3784

Now onto the pretties! Sam and I made placemats out of butcher paper, drew lines and a turkey, and asked everyone to write in what they were thankful for. I also used a dinner plate, a salad plate, red napkins from Target, gingham ribbon from Joann's, and Mikasa wine glasses. The table runner is also from Target. IMG_3772 IMG_3774 IMG_3775

Sam brought over some plastic orange pumpkins and since they didn't match, LB and I spray painted them gold. The little tea light holders and the candle stands were also from Target. IMG_3790

Yes, the chairs mismatch, but we needed 10 seats people! Don't the new chairs look SO good though!?


For all of these people! Hi Preston and Juno. IMG_3812

Hi Maddie, LB and Alan. IMG_3798

Howdy Angie! IMG_3802

Bowing before the greatness that is Adam Branz! IMG_3805

Hey now Sammie! IMG_3806

Yo Peek, I am taking your picture!IMG_3808

OH YOU ARE! Let me look extra cute!IMG_3809

The. Food. Was. Ridic. The rolls were also made with a rosemary vegan butter. IMG_3795

Oh, hahaha. I forgot about the two kinds of mash potatoes with black truffle potatoes in a mushroom reduction AS THE TOPPING ON THE MASHED POTATOES! What is this life?!?IMG_3793

The turkey and the ham. HOLY MOLEY YUM!IMG_3792It was an incredibly delicious day spent with super fun people. It took Maddie, LB and I three days to clean up, and my legs were sore from running up and downstairs to our other kitchen (<-- someone named Treana needs to get back into the gym).  When Adam and I debriefed, I think I got him to agree that for next year, people are in charge of sides. The dishes were nearly overwhelming until I remembered the sweet sweet goodness that we ate that day. Mmmmmm...

How did you all spend your Thanksgiving!?