Every Monday during 2022, I am posting an update on what I spent for the week as a way of keeping myself accountable for my No/Low Buy Year. Also, in order to see my true savings, I am also tracking items I was tempted to buy but didn’t.
This last week dragged. Perhaps it was the dark dreary weather, or just the fact that I’m not getting outside very much (darn foot!). It seemed that I had had too much time on my hands and fell into old patterns of browsing stores online. Items magically found their way into online carts! Thankfully I came to my senses and completely clicked out before buying anything. Well, except for some sandals…but I’ll explain that below.
What I spent February 14 – February 20th:
- Groceries: $29.06
- Household/Personal Care: $82.00 (another replacement fry pan, and misc. personal care – all replacements)
- Gifts: $81.19 (more birthdays/baby shower)
- Sandals: $43.00 (sandals)
- Eating Out: $56.00
- Auggie the doggie: $471.72 (yearly pet insurance premium, dog food and dog walking)
- OTC Medical: $18.95 (compression socks)
- Road trip: $89.95 (gas, tolls and food)
Total Spent: $872.41
What I almost bought but didn’t:
- Sweater(s) from The Loft: $100.00 (a gorgeous sweater was on sale, and a couple of other things that needed to be added to cart so I wouldn’t have to pay for shipping.)
- San Diego Hat Company: $40.00 (a foldable sun hat for my upcoming trip)
- Kitchen mats: $48.00 (Actually purchased, but returned! Ugh, an ugly pattern of mine rearing its ugly head – but I prevailed!)
Although it seemed like a spendy week, a big chunk of the spending was for the annual pet insurance. I’m truly hoping that this is the last large pet expense I will have to make (at least for this year 😉 )! It’s a good thing he’s cute because he’s been a very expensive addition to our family.
We did get away for the weekend to see my parents, and we brought a few meals. Gas was a bit high, but other than that, we didn’t spend much.
My foot issues continue, and finding the right shoes to wear has been difficult. Caring for my feet has taken precedence over saving money and finding supportive, high-quality shoes is a must. Stores don’t usually carry my size so I have to purchase online and hope for the best. After returning three pairs of shoes, I finally found one that was comfortable. I’m hoping by the time I take my trip next month, they will feel even better — it’s hard to tell right now with my foot not quite right.
I wish I spent less this week, but I did resist some purchases. In that regard, I do think this no/low spend challenge is working. I’m controlling my urges (for the most part) and not adding extra clutter to my home. There is always room to improve, of course, and every day I keep reminding myself of why I’m doing this in the first place. And that is WAY better than anything I could possibly buy.
So, how was your week? Did you stay on budget?