We survived our (sort of) Super Lean Spending Month!
We had 8 “No Spending” days. This was not in our goal for the month, but it was nice to see we didn’t spend anything on 8 days.
We had a net savings of $336.98!
We spent less than our monthly average (for the last year) in our Food, Food Out, and Entertainment categories. We spent more in the Household Goods category BUT we did purchase something we really wanted with Christmas money (that as of today hasn’t been removed from the savings account!) If we remove this purchase, our savings would be $606.98 and the Household Goods category comes in well below average.
What did we learn??? That we really like going out. It was very difficult to stay home for meals the first 2 weeks. We didn’t spend any money on alcohol out. We ended up keeping our social obligations with others finding it humorous that we ordered water to drink in a bar. (We still left a tip!)
Could we cut our food budget?? Yep. The question/discussion we had on Sunday revolved around how we scrimped for so many years, do we really want to go back to eating the “cheapest” things just because they are cheap?? We both agree that we do not want to do that BUT agree we could cut other stuff from the food budget. We did purchase ice cream last night that earlier in the month we said no to. Maybe moderation in the extras are what we need to do. It was really nice having steak at home this month (instead of eating it out). We did spend less than average, so we obvious cut out something!!
Here is our spending weekly recap and our daily expenditures.