I know that living a frugal life isn’t easy. I know this because if it were easy, no one would have any debt and our country wouldn’t be in the giant financial mess it is in right now.
Can you tell I’m not too thrilled with my review of my September spending?
It’s just that sometimes I feel like my budget is a partially inflated balloon. I squeeze one part and then another part gets bigger.
Unlike our August spending, we ate out a bit. Part of this has to do with the fact that potty training our son has been mentally exhausting and I’ve been pretty lazy when it comes to cooking. Ironically, our grocery bill was way up. I think this has something to do with me desperately finding things I can eat on my new Weight Watchers plan.
On a more positive note, curbing my addiction to deals has helped reign in my spending in the household and personal care items categories of my budget. We also did better with our gas/car maintenance budget, too.
We saved a total of $229.27 in coupons this month, and I did manage to get some free/nearly free items for my stockpile.
I also accomplished my goals of listing some items on eBay and taking things to sell on consignment.
So, for October, my goal is to look at ways I can trim my energy costs and to start using my stockpile of stuff I’ve accumulated. We also have our annual appointment with our financial advisor… which should be interesting with all that’s been going on in the markets!
How did your September go? What goals are you setting for your October finances?