January has gone quickly for me, even though it was my “Buy Little” month. Typically these months where I am focusing on not spending are slow, as I’m hyper-aware of each day’s decisions. I think that’s one of the beauties of doing something like this: it forces me to pay attention to something I might have otherwise done mindlessly.
While this was my 3rd go around at a “Buy Little” month, I was surprised that I had different lessons to learn this go around than previously. The biggest take away I had this month was that I really did not have a lot of excess food, and quickly had to start buying almost everything again.
I think the last 2 cycles of “Buy Little” months has trained me to buy less groceries throughout normal months. I still have room to grow, as always, but I’m encouraged to see the progress that I have made.
So how much of my regular budget was I able to save this month?
$119.27 from my grocery budget
$47.77 from my gas budget
$19.92 from my utilities budget
$187.16 total saved
This is not an insignificant amount, as January I wasn’t otherwise able to save as much I would like as I was not yet working overtime in my new position.
I also spent $13.22 mailing Bibles to a charity who takes used Bibles. I find this worthwhile money as I wasn’t going to donate the Bibles to Goodwill or throw them out, and they were just taking room up on my shelf.
I want to keep up this month’s conscientiousness in a new way next month by keeping track of every item that comes in and out of my apartment. I look forward to what I will learn from that experiment as well!
Photo by John Liu