June 2017 Debrief

TRACKING

  •  # Buy nothing days : 13
  • # times used S’mores Maker (aiming for 6 uses in 2017): 0 – though we did have s’mores over the fire
  • # times ate out/purchased take out: 8
  • # activities with loved ones: 6 (I’ve gotten bad at tracking this)
  • $ saved at Costco: $30
  • % over or under budget: 19% over budget

CELEBRATE:

DIP INTO SAVINGS/CREDIT

  • Home renovation line for a new shower head, mattress for visitors and room dividers

KEEP IN MIND

June is traditionally one of the months that I just fly over budget.  This year my major culprits were my fashion line and entertainment. I had figured, incorrectly, that I would be too tired to entertain this month. While I was tired this meant that we purchased convenience to entertain people rather than cooking a lot.

I must be more careful with Costco! My entire overage was spent in Costco. While I’m confident that the money was well spent and I did stick to lists all 3 times I went. It’s a lot.

My savings may be greater than the $30 noted but I don’t compare brand to brand I compare grocery brand to costco brand. The reason for this is that generally I select the least expensive option. If I’m in a grocery store looking at canned vegetables I’ll choose the cheapest one so when I’m in Costco if the cheapest  option doesn’t beat the grocery brand I don’t consider it a savings.

An example is the shower head. I paid $40 for it. That’s an awesome deal! Especially as it’s valued at $70, however, when I had gone to the hardware I realized that I would have happily purchased the $40 option they had. Would it have been as nice? Not by a long shot! Would if have done the job? Absolutley! Therefore the ‘savings’ recorded are $0.

OVERALL

I did really well. I knew that keeping to my budget would be impossible this month. July, however, is my chance to re-set.

There’s going to be lots of re-setting as I start back eating properly, exercising and spending frugally.

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May 2017 Debrief

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TRACKING

  •  # Buy nothing days : 9
  • # times used S’mores Maker (aiming for 6 uses in 2017): 0 – I suspect this will be pulled out in the summer
  • # times ate out/purchased take out: 11
  • # activities with loved ones: 18
  • $ saved at Costco: $52
  • % over or under budget: 3.5% over budget

CELEBRATE:

  • I had budgeted $300 for my gardening (including materials) and it came to $222
  • I spent a lot of time with people I care about this month

DIP INTO SAVINGS/CREDIT

  • Car line was used to replace the muffler
  • Life Happens line was used for the gardening supplies
  • Gifts was used for birthday presents

KEEP IN MIND

June is traditionally one of the months that I just fly over budget.  While I have a decent plan I need to be forgiving next month as I realize that I have tightened my purse strings from what it was.

We’re also increasing the amount of hosting we do, though a lot of this will be covered by ML some will come from our grocery line.

OVERALL

This is month 2 of the tighter budget and though I’m still over I’m getting better each month. Our savings really came in handy and helped us

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Monthly Debrief: March 2017

I’m a bit late reviewing my month and though it spent like I was spending lots I feel I did pretty well.

 

TRACKING

  •  # Buy nothing days : 16
  • # times used S’mores Maker (aiming for 6 uses in 2017): 0 – I suspect this will be pulled out in the summer
  • # times ate out/purchased take out: 8
  • # activities with loved ones: 12
  • $ saved at Costco: $39.00
  • % over or under budget: 5% over budget

CELEBRATE:

  • We were very responsible with our first trip to Costco
  • We did really well on our pantry challenge

DIP INTO SAVINGS/CREDIT

  • No savings were dipped in for this month

KEEP IN MIND

  • This was the first month on my new, tighter budget. So while I was over budget, I still spent  less than last month. This challenge is going to be a frugal reset for me and will hopefully result in me putting more money towards the kitchen reno.

OVERALL

Job well done, though I really need to bring that eating out line under control. Part of the cost is that ML and I are going out together more right now so I pay for both of us which inflates the amount spent. Since it’s something I enjoy doing with him, it means that I need to be selective about who I go out with and where we go if I want to have at least one nice meal out a month with him.

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February 2017 debrief

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TRACKING

  •  # Buy nothing days : 9 days
  • # times used S’mores Maker (aiming for 6 uses in 2017): 0 – I suspect this will be pulled out in the summer
  • # times ate out/purchased take out: 2
  • # activities with loved ones: 9
  • % over or under budget: 2% under budget

CELEBRATE:

  • I was aiming for an uber frugal month but rather than dip into savings I used money that was within my monthly budget to pay for yoga classes and cover some of the vacation costs
  • Still behaving quite will with my concussion and I’m definitely seeing improvements
  • I’ve switched internet providers and will be seeing a $20 – $30 change in price

DIP INTO SAVINGS/CREDIT

  • My vacation line definitely took a hit! But allin all I was good.

KEEP IN MIND

  • March often gets expensive as I usually have lots of joint birthday celebrations. As I’m still recovering I haven’t scheduled anything so I may be just fine
  • I did so well in January and February that I gave myself a reduction in budget. I find if the money is available I tend to spend it. I need to remember the budget cut in case I find that I’ve cut too much
  • Some groceries were purchased using points and I wasn’t home for a week this month
  • I hope to keep the spirit of uber frugal month alive in March

OVERALL

February has been a success! I definitely felt treated but my budget wasn’t stretched!

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Monthly Debrief:January 2017

January

TRACKING

  •  # Buy nothing days : 19 days (as of the 29th)
  • # times used S’mores Maker (aiming for 6 uses in 2017): 0
  • # times ate out/purchased take out: 6
  • # activities with loved ones: TBD
  • % over or under budget: 7% under budget (I’ll be doing some spending today so this will change a bit)

CELEBRATE:

  • Uber Frugal Month was a huge success! We spent a bit more than half the budgeted amount on groceries and I’ll be able to put a sizable chunk into my Fun Fund.
  • In spite of my injury I didn’t soothe myself with purchasing things.
  • This time last year I had 7 months to go on my consumer debt! Now the only debt I have is my mortgage. Paying it off in 10 years no longer seems like a crazy idea.
  • ML is debt free!!!!!

DIP INTO SAVINGS/CREDIT

  • I was able to pay for my parents car repairs from my savings and then get reimbursed

KEEP IN MIND

  • February is going to be tough! I’ve got a conference, loads of lunches that got moved from January and I’m out of town for a chunk of it.
  • Don’t get caught up in sale hype. If you don’t need in the foreseeable future don’t buy it (Looking at you tinned veg that was ‘on sale’)
  • I probably won’t be this far under budget next month as I did cancel a lot of things this month
  • I hope to keep the spirit of uber frugal month alive in February.

OVERALL

I’m really pleased with this month’s spending! Previously illness meant ‘treating myself’ to feel good food, a new book or a game of some sort. This time it meant free audiobooks on YouTube, Bunny cuddles, and making use of all my Christmas tea.

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Debriefing December 2016

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TRACKING

  •  # Buy nothing days :14 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+4=8
  • # times ate out: 9
  • # activities with friends/family: 14
  • % over or under budget:1% over budget.
  • % of goal put toward ML’s debt: 100%

CELEBRATE:

  • ML is consumer debt free!
  • Starting the year in the black!
  • I’m tracking my budget here rather than my income. I got a bit of an increase in November as certain automatic payments aren’t taken in November so my gifts were able to come out of this excess.

DIP INTO SAVINGS/CREDIT

  • Used my gift line to cover some items
  • Used my vacation line to cover additional time after the conference
  • Used the buffer to cover gifts

KEEP IN MIND

  • December is an odd month for overspending; January is a time to reset.
  • 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.

OVERALL

November seems so long ago! I felt good in the month but my gift line began to stress me. I also went a bit overboard already in December so I’m going to work at not let my spendthrift side take over.

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Debriefing November 2016

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TRACKING

  •  # Buy nothing days :10 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+4=8
  • # times ate out:6
  • # activities with friends/family: 8
  • % over or under budget:.3% over budget.
  • % of goal put toward ML’s debt: 100%

CELEBRATE:

  • ML and I celebrated our anniversary on a budget and t was fantastic! We took a couple days just for us
  • Though I was over budget it was my bills that had me this way rather than overspending
  • I’m tracking my budget here rather htan my income. I got a bit of an increase in November as certain automatic payments aren’t taken in November so my gifts were able to come out of this excess.

DIP INTO SAVINGS/CREDIT

  • My gift line has been cleaned out
  • My insurance didn’t cover all of an appointment so the savings went to that
  • my dream got paid out of my Life Happens line

KEEP IN MIND

  • Next year I need to figure out my Christmas gift line so I’m prepared
  • 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.

OVERALL

November seems so long ago! I felt good in the month but my gift line began to stress me. I also went a bit overboard already in December so I’m going to work at not let my spendthrift side take over.

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Debriefing October 2016

October

TRACKING

  •  # Buy nothing days :16 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:7
  • # activities with friends/family: 5
  • % over or under budget:0.21%
  • % of goal put toward ML’s debt: 100%

CELEBRATE:

  • This was quite similar is stress to June yet I stuck to my budget!
  • I paid for my Christmas gift with ‘excess’ money so I
  • Took on a zero waste challenge and started composting again

DIP INTO SAVINGS/CREDIT

  • We dipped into savings to fix the stove, purchase Christmas gifts and support a friend’s Norwex business

KEEP IN MIND

  • Christmas shopping and planning needs to be done in November
  • We don’t have a lot of plans in November so hopefully this helps me put a bit extra into the gift line
  • 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.

OVERALL

I’m so happy with us! I’m a bit concerned as I have less than $200 for gifts at the moment as this means I’ll have to really tighten up November and December to give what I had wanted.

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Debriefing September 2016

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TRACKING

  •  # 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%

CELEBRATE:

  • 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.

OVERALL

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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