This month I also made keeping track of my budgeting a little easier by writing a small program to turn my bank statements into data I can copy & paste into Excel in bulk. It’s nothing fancy, but instead of copying out the name, date and amount of each transaction separately (and getting a bunch of other junk data wrapped up with it) I can just do the entire statement in one go, whether it’s a single week’s worth of data, or a whole month. Work one of my hobbies into this made this a bit more enjoyable, so I’m going to tidy it up a bit, make it more useful to people who aren’t me and then post it online. If I can I make keeping track of my budget actually fun then things will become far easier.
In other news I realised that I might just be able to stay out of my overdraft entirely this month. It’ll be a pretty tight week, but if I manage it this’ll be the first month where I’ve stayed out of the red since I started working. The budgeting course is due to finish in the first few days of July too, so I should have a better idea of what to do with my savings now that they’re not just paying off debt.
It’ll be pretty damn close, but I think I can make it. Scratch that, another last-minute visit to the emergency vet means this won’t happen. What I will make sure happens though is me re-evaluating all my budgets again and setting up an emergency fund.