I have been keeping a spreadsheet listing all of my expenditures and savings for the last few weeks. I just completed it for May and I am completely surprised at how much I spent. My savings is currently at 48%, but my spending is still too high. So for June I am going to work on getting my out of pocket expenditures down. I need to be much more careful in the future. Since I was $200 over budget this month, I would like to make that up in June.
Do you track your spending and savings? Do you find that you ever spend more then you anticipated in your excitement over a deal? I’m taking this as a newbie mistake and I will work on improving my self control.
Since we are pretty much stocked up on everything I do not need to buy anything unless it is very cheap. I’m supposed to be spending less money, not more. I’ll console myself with the realization that half of my overage was for formula which is an expense we didn’t really have before. Now we have enough to last her through the summer as long as I can keep nursing as much as I am now. Formula is just crazy expensive even when it’s on sale.