This week, my personal spending was exactly $1.99 -- that's right: one dollar and ninety-nine cents. There was an e-book on sale via a 'daily deal' that my local library didn't have and I wanted to read it very badly. So I went for it. Of course, I immediately felt guilty. Oh, well. At least I got the e-book on sale.
Although my new-found frugality is mainly directed at my personal spending, I'm trying to reduce household expenses, also. So far, there are three things I've done:
- Turned the thermostat down, and started wearing sweaters in the house if I'm cold! Not sure this one will matter that much in the short-term, because I've got it set so that our electricity bill is the same amount every month. But maybe when our contract comes up for renewal in June, we'll get a lower monthly price (or stay the same) for next year.
- Meal planning! Last Sunday, I put together a plan for this week's meals, and when I did the grocery shopping, I only bought stuff I needed for those meals. I probably saved about $30 on this week's groceries.
- S fixed the toilet! That might sound like a strange one, but I'd noticed that our water bill had been a little higher than usual, and that one of the toilets was 'running' and making strange noises. While I'm not certain of a correlation, it seemed likely. Guess I'll know when we get the water bill next month.
Have a good week! :)