I got tired of waiting for the utility bills from the rental house to come in so I decided to add up what I have and see what the damage is. Whatever partial bills come in for the rest of February should be covered by my March budget (as long as I don't buy a camper!). The total, including fees for transferring electric, gas and cable back in to my name, came to $670 for Jan. and Feb. Wow. That is a lot. At least I'll get $50 back from the cable company because I cancelled it last Monday. By March 2 all of the utilities should be in my new tenant's name.
I had budgeted $536 for utilities. Then I got a pay cut so that took $100 away. I had a $200 surplus from January so that helped. I added in some of the furniture money and ended up with a whole $10 left over. Now I just need to find $75 for the plane ticket that I bought for my trip to Disneyland and my budget will be balanced once again.
It feels good to balance my budget. Now that I know that I don't have any extra money I don't feel tempted to buy something that I don't need (like a camper). Having money in the bank is tempting. Just because it is still in there doesn't mean I can spend it. In fact I have already spent that money or at least promised it for one of my goals.
My next goal is to see how soon I can pay my extra mortgage payment for March. I think I will have to wait until my second paycheck for the month. That's March 18th. I'm only 2 1/2 weeks from dipping below $50k! If I can stay off Craig's list I just might make it.