I apologize for this late update, a lot of unexpected stuff came up and my blog fell to the wayside. I closed out July on Saturday, and thankfully it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Spoiler alert: I did not meet my challenge goal.
Let’s just get right to the numbers–
- Groceries/Eating Out: $623.00
- Personal Care: $182.00
- OTC/Medical: $74.00
- Clothes & Accessories: $395.00 (hubby bought a few items too!)
- Gasoline: $32.00
- Gifts/Spontaneous giving: $352.00
- Mom &Dad: $80.00
- Pet: $66.00 (dog food and misc. accessories)
- Travel (road trips and misc. travel products): $665.00
I was $1,367 over my goal of $750.00. I can honestly say I do not regret any of the spending. After analyzing the different categories and amounts, I realized that at least $1,000 of the $1,367 overage was for my trip to Italy this September. Planning this trip has sparked so much joy, that I’m not the least bit discouraged from failing this challenge. I’m actually energized and excited for more opportunities to travel, especially in retirement. 🙂
I know some of you were doing the challenge with me, and have been successful! Congrats! Please let me know what you are going to do with all that extra money you saved!