Last Week’s Total: $216.03
$7 – Parking at the county park when we went swimming
$1 – Parking, Nick’s second job
$46.09 – Tank of gas
Well, we went over. For the first time ever, I blew through a No Spend limit. And it wasn’t the kids presents that did it either – it was a tank of gas purchased on 7/26 that pushed us over the edge. I could have gotten sneaky and gone for a $10 fill, leaving myself just enough in the tank to eek through the month and I probably would have made $250. But that just seemed like gaming the system.
Really, this exercise is about values – identifying them and spending and saving in accordance with them. And making two trips to the gas station instead of one in order to win the No Spend ego prize just didn’t seem like it was in keeping with our values.
So even though we are over, and with a few more days to go, I think we did really well. Basically, the budget breaker this month came down to the strawberries. I spent about $100 on strawberries because it was a now-or-never situation. Now, just a few weeks later, our local berries are done. If I wanted local berries in the freezer I had to buy when I did. So, even though in retrospect that purchase doomed our self-imposed budget, it was the right thing to do.
How are you doing? Has this exercise allowed you to save money this month? Has it been harder or easier than you expected?1