Let’s recap week 2 of my journey into March Money Madness.
I’m putting myself in the win category again this week but I did have a couple of expenses I hadn’t anticipated. Well. Not exactly unanticipated. More like un-planned. But necessary.
Allow me to explain.
First, I had completely forgotten that I had scheduled my car to go in for a 30,000 mile service appointment. That was a big ticket item but it needed to be done and I consider it to fall under the category of paying bills.
Second, I had to buy a birthday present for my bestie. I shopped local. But I suppose I did technically break the rules. Nevertheless, I wasn’t about to let her birthday slip by without notice.
Third, we attended an in-person Kiwanis meeting at a local restaurant for the first time since last November. I was specifically asked to attend to read a letter from the Board of Selectmen so it couldn’t be avoided. We enjoyed a nice dinner out and caught up with friends.
All other expenditures were related to paying bills or buying food from the grocery store. We did not get take out and I brought my lunch to work every day – which is something I generally do anyway. Eliminating take out on Wednesdays requires a little more effort on my part but the benefits of that go beyond saving money since I get to see Jackie enjoy something I’ve made and we tend to be a little more formal about it and sit at the table as a family to eat.
I won’t lie, there are some things I am jonesing to purchase and I’ve got a small list for April 1st. I predict that some of those things on the list won’t matter by then, but there is one big ticket item that I’ve wanted forever and I’m thinking it might be the perfect reward for not spending extra this month.
And that’s this week’s March Money Madness update.