So, I used to be "that" person....You know the one I am talking about....
The one who *thought* she didn't need to keep track of every dollar she spent
The one who *thought* she had a decent handle on where the money went every month
The one who *thought* there wasn't any more wiggle room in the budget....
Yup, that was me!
Until 12 days ago when I grabbed a notebook and started keeping track of every single thing we bought every single day!
And, right now it feels like more of money gushing out rather than money leaking out of our hands!
September is usually a "spendy" kind of month anyway with school supplies, clothes for the Guppies, purchasing wood for the fireplace, etc. THIS year feels even more since I had to pay for events early (1 October concert, 1 late November concert). Plus the Guppies asked to do Nautical Nightmares this year - we haven't done it since G2 (now 14) was maybe six or seven years old - I'll be purchasing those tickets next week most likely.
And, honestly, all these things are good things....fun things....events that we will remember forever.
Seeing the outlay in the notebook is tough!
And, that ends up being a good thing for me because, after seeing it written down, I want to find ways to save more. I'm not calculating things solely in my head and then blowing it off like I honestly used to do.
For example, it bugs me that I have had only THREE measly days of zero spending so far this month! That sucks so I am challenging myself to have at least three days this week with no spending at all.
I'm also noticing just how many times per week I am going to the grocery store! I need better organization (obviously) because the more I end up at the store, the better chance I will buy things on impulse, right?
I'm a work very early in progress here - that's for sure!
But, I did have a "win" for myself yesterday...
Papa and I dropped G1 and her BFF down at the New Haven green to meet G1's favorite local YouTuber (free event by the way). Papa and I had time to kill while the girls did "their thing" so, instead of stopping at a restaurant to grab drinks or an appetizer, we walked around Yale University admiring the buildings and catching Pokémon. Two hours in, I really wanted something to drink or, better yet, some ice cream! But, upon thinking of my notebook, we decided to forgo and wait until we got home - another hour after that I might add! LOL
I have to say, it's so much easier to see that the little things DO and WILL add up when you have your "bigger picture" written down!