So another week has passed and we are definitely spending less in the food out category ($105.58). This is really good for us after 2 weeks. (Last year our food out for February was $610) We have only spent to eat out for Friday dinners and to reload the Starbucks card for the month. Here is our Spending Calendar.
Now the downside: we turned down several social events to not spend money already this month. We really didn’t like saying no! Going to the movies, happy hour, dinner, breakfast, and coffee shop to chat with friends and family are an integral part of who we are.
While at dinner last night intentionally alone (and we only spent $34.92), we had a discussion about how we were feeling about our experiment. We were both feeling a little obsessed with not spending anything extra to the point of feeling guilty if something extra was added at the grocery store. This can’t be healthy for us! Guilt can do some really weird stuff to your body.
We are committed to the Super Lean Spending Month Challenge but have made the realization that our social life is important to us. We will continue to only go out just once a week for the remainder of the month. The first invite is the one we will go with!
We also have finally reached a point in our lives that stressing over every item purchased is not necessary. Could we go back to the bare-bones budget we had years ago if we had to? Yep. Do we want to live every day like that when we don’t have to? Nope.