I just tallied up our October spending : $6,485*
(*this does not include savings or extra mortgage payments)
Ugh! It was a spendy month. Our spending stresses me out. Maybe you can tell? This brings me to this months Pursuit of Frugal. Sometimes it feels like I am treating the paper cuts, while ignoring a hemorrhaging spending wound elsewhere.
Last week we found the PERFECT house and it sold before we could even set foot in it. I was so disappointed because it was ideal – in terms of size, neighbourhood and price. It would have meant a teeny-tiny mortgage and that much closer to freedom. I guess I will just have to keep swimming.
Pursuit of Frugal
1. We are still surviving without cable. We did sign up for Netflix though but still we are keeping over $100 in our pockets every month. I am also now addicted to Orange is the New Black and my husband is fascinated with World War 2 in color (history nerd). I think we might make it after all.
2. We shut down the &^%$#!! hot tub for the winter. This will save us between $50-$100 a month in electricity. It is sad in a way because sitting in the hot tub during a snowfall is amazing. It is not $100 amazing though. We also have two people interested in buying the hot tub, even after hearing me complain about it endlessly, so we will see if it gets a new home.
3. Programmed the thermostat. It worked like a charm for our heating bills last year. My husband is picky about the temperature and he didn’t even know it was programmed. Tricky! This year I have decided to drop the daytime temperature by another couple of degrees to see if I can tough it out.
4. Recycled last years Halloween costume. My son did not mind one bit.
5. A couple of months ago I cancelled one of our newspaper subscriptions. Yes, we had more than one! Savings $14.70 a month.
Now it is time for me to turn my attention to Christmas. Last year Christmas spending was $1,350. Hoping that I might be able to trim this a bit without being a Scrooge. I am not the biggest fan of the season, which makes me really popular with my family and at holiday gatherings. Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate the meaning and spirit of Christmas, but that is not what the experience has been for me. Is that a terrible thing to say? Maybe one day I will make peace with it.
Hope everyone has a frugal month and thanks for reading.
P.S. Wow I just reread this – and please know I am not as depressed as this sounds.