One of the reasons I love blogging so much is the awesome people I meet through it. I mean, I can’t be the only one who wishes their blog friends lived in the same city, right?
Jessica’s whole theme is “Get Gutsy,” and I love it! Her blog is fun, bright, and encouraging. She inspires her readers to get out of their comfort zone, something I try to do as often as possible. Plus, she’s a social media lover and a freelance writer. So, basically what I’m saying is that we’re meant to be friends.
This post was born from this tweet:
Essentially, when I saw it, I e-mailed her and asked if I could join in. I’m nosey like that. Luckily, she agreed!
The plan was that we’d both track our spending all week and
live blog to tell the tale. This accountability was actually really good for me. Although I typically track my spending in my planner, it’s a pretty loose estimate. Knowing Jessica was doing the same thing all week made me pay closer attention to my spending, and it also reminded me to ask the hubs what he spent too, so that my report would be accurate.
So, here you have it below. I use two forms of currency, U.S. dollars and Eastern Caribbean dollars (since I live in Grenada), so I tried to provide the exchange rate when necessary.
No Spend Day!
Grocery Trip 320EC/$118.50US
Student Loan Payment $200US
Tip For Housekeeper 20EC/$7.40US
Domain renewal for another website $10US
Phonathon Fundraiser for my high school, LSMSA $20US
No Spend Day!
Sushi lunch 70EC/$25.90US
The Hubs’ Birthday Dinner $150US
Quick Grocery Run 50EC/$18.50US
School Textbook for Hubs 75EC/$27.78US
Quick Grocery Run 35EC/$12.96US
$591.04US spent last week.
Of that, we spent $325.86US on food!
- I know that we spend a lot of money on food, but when I look at my sheet like this, it’s kind of amazing to see just how much of my weekly spending it takes up! Granted, I don’t usually go to $125 dinners, but we do enjoy eating out.
- You might have noticed I listed a housekeeper on here. Amazingly, this twice-a-month service is included in my rent, which is why I haven’t really written about it before. Anyway, I like to leave her tips because she is so sweet.
- I am having trouble making my target $800 per month toward my student loans that I talked about in My Financial Resolutions. My monthly budget says it’s possible, but things keep slipping through the cracks. I am pretty determined that I’ll have this ready for my March payment. After all, if I’m going to knock it out, it’s now or never!
- This week’s food spending probably won’t be much better, since I’ll be home in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. So, I can’t make any promises that I’ll watch the food spending in one of the most amazing places to eat in the world.
Okay, now that you know what I spent, please hop on over to Jessica’s blog to see how she fared last week. (Thanks Jessica for keeping me accountable and letting me tag along!)
So, dear readers, what’s your biggest spending category? What money goals are you trying to reach this year? Does anyone else like to track their spending? Are you old school like me or do you use online programs for tracking?