Tuesday, January 31, 2012
not spending (5): spending, but writing it down
During the month of January I've been keeping note, in my diary, of every dollar and cent I've spent.
You can imagine how tedious this was, doing it for an entire month. Mind-numbing.
It was interesting though, to see where it all goes. The only surprises were what I spent at the pharmacy ( I have a lot of prescriptions), and on eating out ( this included a couple of dinners, lunches, ice-creams etc), but I guess we were on holidays for at least half of the month.
What I quite liked was seeing that I was spending it on things like a banjo lesson, or food for the family or petrol (not much, surprisingly) or going to the gallery or a movie or taking the kids out for lunch. I wasn't filling my house with more stuff/junk/things to look after/gather dust - only 1 book, small amount of op-shop stuff - most of which is being cut up for projects, a couple of craft related items. Some stationery for the return to school.
This won't be the case all year but I think I'll keep recording it for a bit - not the food/groceries though. That was fairly agonizing because of the amount that's spent weekly or monthly but at least it's going to the little local shops and NONE OF IT to the Big Beastly Two.