I am astounded! I knew we were spending money but I did not realize HOW MUCH! I have just updated our Results page and I could cry. One phrase that was repeated by my husband and I over and over before embarking on this challenge was “I don’t have any money…”. Well NO wonder our checkbook balances were at zero – look at how much we were spending! And this is a conservative estimate.
Results as of November 1, 2014 @ 8am
Starbucks savings = $434 (31 days at an average of $14 per day)
Takeout savings over 4 weeks = $224
$22 (for Mike and I) plus $34 (take out for Mike & I plus his daughter) = $56 per week if we ONLY got take out 2 times
PLUS 2 October birthdays we didn’t go out for = $100
Other takeout spending previously forgotten – we will add these costs for September & October.
TCBY savings = $40 ($20 per month is a modest estimate, sometimes we went 2-3 times a month)
Bruegger’s Bagels savings = $30 ($15 per month is average for two visits per month)
September + October savings = $1,472
Oddly, I haven’t heard either of us complain about not having money lately. In fact I don’t have a credit card balance either and I had ADDED the expense of doggie daycare once a week for our furbaby. I never really thought that we would be spending such an outrageous amount of money. To be honest, I really do not miss takeout. I miss some of the freedom it gives in terms of time in the evening spent preparing dinner, but slowing down has been good for us. We problem solve dinner options together. We use the food we buy. Essentially, as a family we are connecting in ways we did not always do before…what a gift!
Have you ever made a drastic change? What was your experience like?