March 2012 Canadian Budget Binder Budget Update

Hi there folks,

I’m back with the March 2012 budget update for Canadian Budget Binder.

You probably already know but we’ve just finished designing the Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet and have tested it out this past month. We are continually trying to improve the sheet and so far we are very happy with the outcome. In the upcoming month we will look for a few volunteers to test it out and give us some feedback.

Most of the excitement has come from the “projected expenses” the expenses we have decided to budget in each month and transfer to a separate account until they come due.

Many of my fans agreed that when it comes time to pay one of these projected expenses they had to pull money from their savings or emergency savings to pay the bill as there was not enough money left in the budget.  Some even went as far as to put it on a credit card or use the line of credit as the money just wasn’t in the budget.

It’s the small things we tend to overlook and I really don’t want to be dipping in our savings to pay for them. The Emergency Savings is meant for just that, emergencies. We are thrilled to know we don’t have to scramble to pay the projected expenses any long nor take from our savings.

You will see some number changes in our budget like I mentioned last month I received a raise so I wanted to make adjustments when I had an exact Net Income.

You will also see we went over budget on grocery this month because…..

  •  We stock up on summer items as they are on sale as we volunteer with students in the summer so we like to be prepared to keep the food costs low.

Overall we were happy how the month turned out minus the grocery overage which we continually work on with our Monthly Grocery Game Challenge.

You will see our net income was higher this month due

  • extra pay in March
  • interest from the accounts
  • cheques received,
  • mail in rebates
  • gift cards received

So without any more of my chatter…. let’s get on with it shall we!

Overview – I will post this each month for reference.

We now have 3 accounts

We realized we shouldn’t be saving money for items we know we will have to pay for (projected expenses) in our emergency fund so we separated it. This way we have  a true figure for savings.

  1. Chequing– This is where all the money comes and goes
  2. Emergency Savings– This is where we keep our spare money for the time being
  3. Savings– This is where we put all the money for items we know we will have to pay for at some point in the year ie: Christmas, Income Tax, Vehicle Sticker. That way the money is ready to pay for the bill.


Monthly Budget Total: $5742.00

Total Coupons Used: $471.08

Savings Overall: 6% *Note that everything we buy is always on sale or reduced in price and we try to use coupons as well with the product so the savings overall is based on the sale or reduced price. If we were to use the original price this percentage would obviously be much higher.

Needs To Go To Savings For Budgeted Expenses: These are expenses we know we will pay for throughout year and save monthly for = $576.59

Total Expenses Actually Paid Out is: $4577.75

Calculated is $7757.43 (total monthly income) – $3179.68 (total monthly savings) = $4577.75

Actual Cash Savings Going Into Emergency Savings Funds: $2603.09

Calculated is $7757.43 (total monthly income) – $4577.75 (actual expenses paid out for the month) – $576.59 (budgeted expenses) = $2603.09

Total Net Income: $7757.43

Explanation of Numbers in Budget Below:

  • First number is :Total Budgeted Cost
  • Second Number is: Actual Spent
  • Saved in Account for Future-means it will be put in a Savings account to accumulate to pay bill  or future expense when/if due.
  • If no remark then the money just stays in chequing account to cover  future overage so we don’t need to pull from emergency savings. 
  •  Our Monthly Budget is :$5742.00
 Mr.CBB’s Budget: March Monthly Total Expenses $7757.43
Total Net Income March:$7757.43
  • Allowance $15-Spent $31.55 (beer, but I save up my allowance)
  • Car Repair/Maintenance $11-  Spent $74.02
  • Christmas $25  Spent $25- Saved in account for future
  • Clothing $10 Spent $7.22 $2.77- Saved in account for future
  • Dentist/Prescriptions $5-  Spent $7.58
  • Electricity/Water $153.05-  Spent $ 282.98
  • Entertainment-$7-Spent $0- Saved in account for future
  • E-test$4- Saved $4- Spent $39.55
  • Furnace/Hot Water Rental$37.46- Saved $37.46 in account for future
  • Union Gas (domestic) -$59.19-Spent $77.34 This is averaged out based on past 2 years bills.
  • Gasoline/Diesel (vehicle)-$192-Spent $129.13
  • Grocery- $190- Spent $388.35 (lots of stocking up and SDM 20x points)
  • Home Maintenance-$50-Spent $24.20-Saved $25.80 in account for future.
  • Car/Home Insurance-$189.46-Spent $189.46 (this will go down now that my truck is back on the road)
  • Income Tax Filing-$2.50-Spent $30.00 for 2011 tax filing
  • Investment-$767.00-Spent $767.00
  • Licence Renewal Fees-$11.84-Saved $11.84 in account for future.
  • Life Insurance-$135.05-Spent $135.05
  • Lottery-$12 -Spent-$12
  • Membership/Club/Sports-$6-Saved $6 in account for future.
  • Miscellaneous-$294.50-Spent $255.93
  • Mortgage-$1470.30 -Spent $1875.18 (extra week in March)
  • We Save $101.26 in account for future extra mortgage payments throughout the year depending on the month and how many weeks are in the month. The monthly mortgage payment also includes an extra payment of $417 a month towards the principal.
  • Parking-$5 -Spent $0
  • Pet-$2.08-Saved $2.08 in account for future.
  • Property Tax-$287.45-Saved $287.45 in account for future.
  • Emergency Savings-$1568.73-Saved $3179.68-$576.59 budgeted costs we put away each month= $2603.09
  • Vehicle Sticker-$16- Spent $74.00
  • Cable/Internet/Cell/Home Phone-$165.56-Spent $165.56 Rogers have increased their prices as of March 1 so this cost went up for us.
  • Work Tools-$50 Spent $4.64  Saved $44.36 in account for future.

January 2012 Canadian Budget Binder Budget

February 2012 Canadian Budget Binder Budget

January 2012 Canadian Budget Binder Net Worth Update

February 2012 Canadian Budget Binder Net Worth Update 

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    1. If you are talking about our house insurance yes it’s plus one vehicle and one that’s parked over winter (just liability as we store it) We have a group plan through Johnson’s Insurance through our professional association.

  1. Wow – it’s really great how you break everything down like this! How do you go about setting a budget for electricity and water? I am just curious because the amount spent was a lot higher than anticipated – would I be correct in saying that you set an average per month and it just smooths itself out over the year?

    1. Hi Louise,
      Very good, you are correct. We know what we spent last year so we do an average over the year. It works itself out in the end give or take. It makes life so much easier knowing we have our budget. It also helps when we spend money because we don’t feel guilty and we know we have the money alloted for. Do you budget? What do you do? Mr.CBB

  2. I like it that you’re paying extra towards your mortgage each month. We plan to do that when we get our mortgage around the middle of the month. Good idea to save for Christmas each month, we should start doing that so we’re not as strapped around the holidays.

    1. Thanks.. yes a big difference with our way the Canadian Budget Binder Sheet we developed allows us to think of every projected expense we KNOW we will Have to pay for in the year and save a portion of it each month in the budget. We then transfer that entire amount to a separate account until the bill comes in. There is no stress worrying about where the money will come from. You can only budget so much into a basic budget.. we tend to forget about all the projected expenses. Cheers Mr.CBB

  3. I like the idea of the third account for those expenses that will come up throughout the year. Currently I put this money in our general savings account. Looks like I will be changing that.

  4. wow, love it and hate it all at the same time! i’m jealous! if we didn’t have cc debt, i see what we could be doing with it! good job!

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