I can’t believe the month is over already but here we are. I think I did OK with my goals. In the end, I don’t feel like I really saved much because of expenses. I did cut back on eating out, I didn’t buy any random stuff from Target or Amazon. I think I did good with keeping the impulse purchases at bay. I did treat myself to a few things once my tax return came in, and I did sign up for a 5.7K (more on that later). Looking back, I’m not sure I could have done much better! Plus I did pay off two credit cards! I ended up getting a random bonus at work and put some of that towards my bills. That means I only have 2 left to go. So while my bank account might not be overflowing with cash, it will be in the future due to making smart choices now. I was even able to buy the return flight from C2E2 using gift cards again and only paid about $6.
I think I might try and do this again next month. I have some conventions and vacations coming up which means I’ll need a few extra bucks here and there. If I can save some now by sticking with not eating out as much, or making random Target purchases, then stashing that cash away will be easier. Here’s a little bit of a breakdown on what I spent on things I don’t consider needs:
February: Eating Out: $102.84
January: Eating Out: $147.75
February Target: $42.38
January Target: $102.43
February Other: $192.98
January Other: $196.40
Most of the February Target purchases were things for the bedroom remodel but I still included them. I think I bought a curtain rod, pillow cases, and maybe something else I just can’t remember. January included Turbo Tax which wasn’t a cheap purchase but needed. I wasn’t going to do “Other” but figured what the hell. I still included any room related purchases because I wanted to see if it really made a huge difference. You can see it did! I’d say about half of the total for this month was probably room related. This included paint, curtains, storage related items, and other odds and ends. But it’s funny to see that even with that, there was still a positive difference! In all, I “saved” an extra $108.38. I used quotes because some of that money might have been put towards bills. I don’t feel like I had that extra money, if that makes sense? And of course none of the numbers above include bills, or gas, and other monthly expenses.
There ya go! I guess seeing the numbers make it more obvious that I didn’t do too bad with the no spend thing. It could improve but it’s not a bad start! Did anyone else try to do a No Spend related challenge? How did you do?