Overall spending for 2017 was $36,679.59, the $7,336.79 of it was to pay off the mortgage. So $29,342.80 of it was for everything else. As long as we can keep it $30K or less per year is ideal for us. $35K per year will be the target if we go overseas for a holiday.
There were only really a few of things that we went over budget. The worse one was Car Repairs and Services that was over by $1,304.90, the budget was for only $700 for the year and that have been fine most years. Unfortunately, there were few things that we had to get fix and replaced in 2017. DH’s train fare was another item that went over budget by $262.84 but the good news though is that fuel cost for the year for our car was under by $394.15, so they kind of cancelled each other out. Another biggie that I’m not particularly happy about is we way over in the Takeaway by $349.35 but this was then again offset by under spending in Restaurant category by $487.98. But still getting too much takeaway was bad.
The rest of our spending’s were fairly spot on to what we budgeted for. I will still need to tweak few things around for 2018 though. I probably should increase Car repairs and services since our car is really old now. Also need to decrease Private Health Insurance but increase Medical since we are now paying for dental and optical with cash without rebates.
My goals for 2018 were:
*Pay off Mortgage – DONE!
*$30K into Equities/Investments – We did really well this year in putting money into our investments, more than we thought we would be able to.
*Save $5K for Holiday money – We only spent $1,822.66 this year so we will be rolling the balance ($3,177.34) over to 2018. In 2018 I aim to save $4000.
*Save $5K for future House Repairs/Remodel – Spent $1,366.50 in 2017 so we will roll over $3,633.50 into 2018. Our goal for 2018 is to save $5,000 again for 2018.
*Read 50 books – DONE, read 64 books.
*Workout 4 times a week - I did really good at the start of the year but faded in the last couple of months.
*No buying soft drinks – I did excellent here.
*Blogging once per week – I think I did fairly well, only missed few times and that was because I had nothing to write about.
*Garden/Landscaping – We have done some work and will continue in 2018.
*Flossing everyday – Done very well at this and will hopefully continue doing it from here on.
*Wake-up early (before 7am) – Very BAD, probably only done it 30% maybe even less. I need to better in 2018.
*Decluttering – We have done well at this and hopefully will continue to do more in 2018.
*Organise my emails – DONE.
I’m now looking forward to achieve more of my goals in 2018.
Reviewing 2017 Personal Finance and other Goals
January 2nd, 2018 at 10:59 am