Since December I have published my American Express Bill in a hope that it will force me to become more responsible with spending. When I was destroying debt I watched everything very carefully, but since we have no consumer debt (besides this revolving charge card which must be paid off in full every month) I am a little looser with spending.

 

It seems that while my December to January has come down it seems that my spending is currently in line with last month.

My February Spending

DateDescriptionAmount
02/19/2012BJS FUEL60.82
02/18/2012EXXONMOBIL 25.00
02/18/2012MSG-CONCESSIONS NEW YORK NY18.25
02/18/2012MTA TBTA E-ZPASS STATEN ISLAND NY25.00
02/18/2012STAR KITCHEN18.65
02/17/2012CAFE TESTAROSSA 136.15
02/16/2012SPRINT WIRELESS 800-639-6111 KS124.27
02/16/2012STOP & SHOP NY48.47
02/14/2012HILLMALL NY18.34
02/14/2012KING KULLEN43.41
02/14/2012THE COACH STORE-WLT 323.70
02/12/2012FRIENDLY ICE CREAM NY30.84
02/12/2012HESS 35.00
02/12/2012Krav Maga112.00
02/12/2012SEARS AUTO CENTER 152.05
02/12/2012STARBUCKS 2.77
02/12/2012UNITED BROTHERS PETR11.14
02/12/2012VIG 27 62.00
02/11/2012GROUPON INC 877-788-7858 IL55.00
02/11/2012PAVILION WINE & SPIR 23.88
02/11/2012PHIL AND SONS PIZZA 14.15
02/11/2012VIG 27 71.00
02/10/2012ON THE BORDER NY43.12
02/10/2012TJMAXX 73.51
02/09/2012STARBUCKS 7.22
02/09/2012STOP & SHOP12.96
02/08/2012NEWSDAY INC HOME DEL1-800-NEWSDAY 12.00
02/07/2012BUYBUYBABY11.34
02/07/2012CHIPOTLE 12.06
02/05/2012KING KULLEN 53.51
02/05/2012SHELL OIL 30.27
02/04/2012MANGOE’S CAFE177.82
02/03/2012LEMONLEAF GRILL61.20
02/03/2012THE UPS STORE 25.91
02/03/2012USPS 4.55
02/02/2012FINE WINES UNLIMITE 10.85
02/02/2012ROYAL BUKHARA GRILL31.50
02/01/2012USPS 17.25
01/29/2012BJS FUEL 54.03
01/29/2012CARUSO’S 14.66
01/29/2012CVS 12.49
01/29/2012RITE AID22.39
01/29/2012WAWA 921 43.04
01/28/2012GENUARDIS STORE PA3.21
01/28/2012RYAN CHRISTOPHERS 73.89
01/28/2012WINE & SPIRITS 12.71
01/27/2012CVS 57.56
01/27/2012EMPIRE SZECHUAN 17.01
01/27/2012EXXONMOBIL 20.01
01/27/2012PASTAERIA 10.45
01/27/2012THE HOME DEPOT78.25
01/26/2012NETTEL/NEWSDAY 13.50
01/26/2012POLAND SPRING WATER BOTTLEDWATER 69.16
01/26/2012SHOPRITE 13.95
01/25/2012NYS BAR ASSOCIATION ALBANY NY25.00
01/23/2012PHIL AND SONS PIZZA NY14.15
01/22/2012THE HOME DEPOT #24.33
10/08/2011STRATTON-SALES-CENTESTRATTON MTN VT58.01
02/19/2012BEDBATH&BEYOND37.00
02/16/2012PEDIATRICS30.00
02/14/2012PEDIATRICS 30.00
02/13/2012MJ BEANZ NY10.85
02/12/2012BEDBATH&BEYOND23.98
02/10/2012HESS 39.07
02/09/2012TOYS ‘R’ US 12.63
02/05/2012CVS 45.42
02/05/2012TRADER JOE’S 4.78
02/04/2012CVS 9.49
02/03/2012DOC50.00
02/02/2012Deli NY12.39
02/01/2012BROOKS BROTHERS158.61
02/01/2012STRIDE RITE 36.48
01/30/2012SHOPRITE S NY23.83
01/30/2012SIMPLE CLEANERS 17.71
01/30/2012TARGET 99.17
01/30/2012TRADER JOE’S 109.74
01/25/2012AMAZON.COM 69.28
01/25/2012MARSHALLS 20.61
01/25/2012PARTY CITY17.27
01/23/2012STOP & SHOP NY118.87
$3,611.94

 

Spending

SubCategory Spending

The two items marked in Red:

  1. The Coach Store – This was The Wife’s Valentine’s Day Gift.  However, not surprisingly, I have NO idea how to pick out bags so this is getting returned in the next few days.  Worry not women readers she picked out a different one at a different store that will appear on next month’s bill (and this will be a credit).
  2. I couldn’t believe that a charge allegedly from October made its way onto my February Statement! Something is wrong here.

Upon discovering the error (which I wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t do this exercise every month) I called up American Express.  Once again, I was amazed by their customer service.  I had a rep on the phone within 7 mins of picking up the phone and they took the charge off my account until they figure out what’s going on. Love their customer service.

How was your spending this month?