Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Did you read my money post here? Several people commented on their spending habits and many of you are like me – you try to save where you can so you can spend where you get more bang for your buck Also, I know a lot of us are trying to spend less as the new year starts. Have you ever read the Refinery 29 money diaries? I recently read one about a twenty something girl who lives in NYC. I found it fascinating – especially where she said that she spent $43 on transportation one day. So, I decided to chronicle my spending last week. I did not include household bills – with the exception of groceries – or the daily expenses of my husband. I simply recorded my own personal spending, eating out, stuff like that. Here we go….
I had already gone to the grocery store on Thursday, so no groceries needed. I did not do a whole lot this day – stuck around home and watched t.v. and did laundry and cleaning.
Dinner Out: $35 at Taco Luchador with husband. Brought some of the food home for son. Other son was at a party. This fed three people and we had leftovers. I thought this was well worth the money.
$60 Kroger for the week
$30 Trader Joes for the week – this included re-stocking of two bottles of liquor to have on hand.
It was a small grocery bill this week because I did another small one on Thursday.
All I did was go to work this day!
$6 Gravely Brewery
A theatre mom asked me to go to a brewery during theatre class that day. I had one beer. It was nice and pretty darn cheap! I only had one beer and tipped. It was well worth the $6.
$32 Chick Fil A – Since I was not home to cook dinner hub had to pick this up for us. I was not happy that I hadn’t planned.
$4 Downtown parking garage (son had an audition for a Shakespeare program) – I could have driven around to look for street meter parking but I am intimidated when I go downtown.
$36 Son and I had dinner at El Mundo (This was a real waste of money because our food was really bad. I was trying to spend time with my son while the other son had his class – so while we did have quality time I think we could have spent less and had a better meal.)
$13 Crescent Hill Craft House – met my friend for a snack and drink after school because we had not seen each other since November. I was entirely more social than normal this week but I am trying to say YES more this year! This included one drink, a split appetizer, and tip. I thought it was well worth it.
$0 Tom, Mason and I had a dinner to attend for Mason that was paid for. Jack stayed home and made a grilled cheese.
Weekly Total: $216 -I could have cut this down without the Chick Fil A and the El Mundo. I feel that this is a lot of money on food and fun during the week, which is not typical. I am planning ahead better for dinners this week.
I did not buy gas this week but Saturday morning I filled up. I usually only get gas once every two weeks.
Thoughts on the Week:
I did zero online shopping. I did not enter many stores to tempt me because I just didn’t have time and I was quite busy and just not tempted to shop online, either. I was very social because I went out with two friends, but I only spent $19 combined. I was very organized this week with my coffee, breakfasts, and lunch prepared at home and brought to work. I could have done better with a pre-prepared dinner Tuesday night instead of a $30 Chick Fil A trip for dinner. I also regret spending so much Wednesday night on a bad meal. Overall, I am happy. It was interesting to do this exercise! Hope you enjoyed it!