halfway through the month.
Now, I'm down to $198 for the month. Yikes. This past week, I decided to buy a last minute plane ticket to a dear friend's citizenship ceremony. I'm very excited for my friend, and the nature of the event (only scheduled two weeks out) meant that I had to wait on buying the ticket.
While I've gotten a handle on the book clutter (hello sellbackyourbook.com!) from the adults in our family, I'm still a sucker for board books for baby UIO. I ended up getting a few unique books at our local independent bookstore. I discovered the TouchThinkLearn series and baby UIO has been fascinated by 123 because of the textures and holes - I'd consider that a big win! I'll now be on the hunt for others in the series.
I've realized in the two weeks I've been doing this challenge that I need some better parameters - or not even a challenge at all! The point of restricting "discretionary" spends was to be more thoughtful about impulse purchases and things I didn't need - meals out, drinks at happy hour, clothing. What I've found is that my major costs aren't from those areas - they're from spontaneous big ticket items - show tickets, flights, additional hours of childcare, etc. I need to build up a few more months of tracking to understand what is "typical" and I also need to have a different fund for "fun" - perhaps a monthly discretionary closer to $500, but an annual plane tickets budget. I would love suggestions for what has worked for you!
I'll fully retro on this at the end of the month - but for now, going to try to meet this goal!
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