The Goal for August

goalAs July came to a close last week, Mint.com showed the undeniable proof that we have been overspending our budget this summer. Rather than dwell on it, we’re just going to move on and look ahead. Our goal for August?

To stay on budget!

With a 3 week, mostly unpaid vacation coming up in September to visit family, keeping our spending under control has never been more crucial. There are simply no excuses this month. We have to stick to our budget.

Some of it was out of our hands, like an increase in rent, and higher than usual fuel costs. Some expenses were well worth it, like the roadtrips we took to explore PA, and a few trips to the beach. We could certainly stand to cut back on dining out. We’ve adjusted our budget accordingly, so this is the month to get back on track.

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Do you have any goals for August? Have you been staying on budget this summer?

About Lauren

Lauren May is a freelance writer and full-time mom living her best life on a budget.

12 thoughts on “The Goal for August

  1. We definitely spent more than we had budgeted for, but some of it was unavoidable. But, like you said, nothing to do but be better moving forward. It’s not like we can go back in time or return what we bought (they weren’t possessions). So, August is going to be pretty low key, and hopefully we’ll be back on track in no time!

  2. Our summer has been pretty low-cost so far, but that’s mostly because we’re (strangely) not traveling this summer. I know we’ll see an uptick once we plan our next trip to visit family, so I think it’s kind of delayed spending for us. Best of luck to you in August!

  3. We definitely have not been staying on budget this summer. I guess maybe we should have adjusted our budget for summer because with all the beautiful weather, all we want to do is be outside and out to eat. Oh well. Your upcoming trip will be good motivation to stick to your budget this month. Good luck!

    1. I hear you- we actually increased our food budget just a little for summer. There’s so many fresh foods to enjoy, plus water ice and ice cream!

  4. My goal is always to stay on budget! We usually do okay, but there are times when we go astray. We just keep plugging away!

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