- # Buy nothing days :17 days
- # times used S’mores Maker (aiming for 8 uses in 2016): 2+0=2
- # times used champagne saucers (aiming for 7 uses in 2016): 4+0=4
- # times ate out:4
- # activities with friends/family: 8
- % over or under budget:.3% over budget. This is actually a win since my bill issues could have led me to be 8% over budget.
- % of goal put toward ML’s debt: 100%
- This was the first full month of ML and I not seeing each other a lot due to both our jobs. We not only didn’t blow the budget on food expenses but we didn’t get into a single disagreement!
- I spent less on food overall, both in our grocery and eating out categories.
DIP INTO SAVINGS/CREDIT
- We used our savings to pay cash for a new couch!
- Savings were used to start Christmas shopping
KEEP IN MIND
- The garden has ended so I need to go back to ensuring that we’re purchasing fruits and vegetables that are both budget friendly but are actually healthy.
- October promises to be another full month with ML being away a lot and my job having a few high profile projects. This can easily impact our spending as well as our health.
- No is a complete sentence! I need to learn how to say it nicely to people when their suggested events do not fit into our budget.
I’m really proud of September! I think this is the first September that neither of us got sick in a very long time. It was a bit painful in August when we looked at our calendars and realized that we would be having time together a maximum of once per week. I was nervous because I worried that we could easily feel overwhelmed and not supported. However, we had set a plan and were able to maintain it.
In the end, we had quality time with each other, didn’t eat out on ‘accident’ i.e. not making lunches, and didn’t have a messy home.
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