March marks my last month paying way too much rent for a ‘luxury’ apartment.
But again, gambling is the line item that is dominating these expense reports. Good news: I cashed out almost the entirety of my political gambling funds.
Bad news: I lost a good chunk of cash. Who would’ve thought?
We have a massive accounting gain this month, compared to the exorbitant accounting losses in the previous months.
A significant amount of these accounting losses turned into realized losses, as primary elections have occurred.
From November to February, I put about $14,626 towards political gambling.
In March, I pulled out $9,160 from my political gambling account
In April, I pulled out $2127.
So, I lost $3,339 in trying to predict primary elections, a 23% loss over just 4 months.
Ignoring my gambling ramblings, my expenses were incredibly minimal this month, as COVID-19 started being taken seriously here in the US.
I began working from home, stocked up on groceries, and didn’t go out much at all.
Additionally, I received a $500 bank account bonus, giving me a small windfall to partially make up for my political gambling escapades.
Home/Rent – $1218
Standard rent and utilities
Auto – $42
$42 spent on a rental van to make my move to a more affordable apartment on a month to month lease!
Transit/Travel – $0
Staying away from public transit during peak pandemic uncertainty
Health/Wellness – $0
No spending, as long as I ignore my monthly health insurance premiums
Sustenance – $322
My sustenance was altered slightly this month. More stocking up on groceries, with very little eating out at the beginning of the month. Only $28 spent on Chipotle this month, a personal low for me in recent years
Daily Living – $43
I bought 2 books from the Amazon bookstore, and spent $1 on mail forwarding.
Entertainment – ($9149)
$10.59 spent on a monthly Xbox live membership. This bill snuck up on me, and I got a refund that showed up on my April expenses
Otherwise, my gambling expenses were negative to the tune of thousands of dollars in March, as I cashed out a significant amount of funds.
March Actual Entertainment expenses: $10.59
March Total Entertainment expenses for accounting purposes: $-9149
Misc Expenses – $1445
No political donations, or other miscellaneous expenses this month:
Monthly (Accounting) Savings – $10,623
March (accounting) savings rate: 355%
March Purchase of the Month:
The moving van rental: a small cost to pay for a much more affordable and flexible living situation.