Dining out: (especially useful when I'm traveling, & M is on his own with the kids)
- Sweet Tomatoes - $251 in gift cards
- Sweet Tomatoes - 6 meal passes, valued around $60
- Subway - $25
- Starbucks - $70
- Safeway - $15
- Lucky - $30
- Gap - $110
- Nike - $50 (will be using in a week or so to buy Sam a new pair of shoes at the Nike outlet. He has outgrown his shoes, & has holes in them).
- Spa near my house - $500
- Another spa - $15
- Two movie passes - valued at $20
- AMC movie gift cards - $30
- Lowe's - $50
- Visa gift card - $50
Based on starting the year with the above assets, I'll be reducing our 2018 budget as follows:
- Dining out - by $420, so our new monthly amount is $85/month.
- Groceries - by $60, so I could get a round number. Our new monthly amount is $620/month
- Clothing - by $100, bringing us to $900 (for the 4 of us) for the year. This will be TIGHT, with new shoes for the kids.
- Personal - the majority of the personal budget goes towards the boys/M's haircuts, as I wouldn't spend $500 at a spa. ;-) As such, I left the $500/year budget.
- Entertainment - our budget is $100 for the year, so I'll leave the $50ish of gift cards in there. It will be tight as is.
- House - reduced by $50. So, yearly amount is $3,950.
I'm going to leave the Visa gift card as unassigned, but will probably use it for a gift or a donation.
What about you? Do you track your gift cards? What do you currently have on hand, and how do you plan to spend them in 2018? Do you review ahead of your 2018 budget setting, and adjust accordingly?