Inspired by Yuppie Millenial’s post. [link updated to refinery 29]
Grocery shopping: $176.56
Cream sodas and donuts for the kids (we went because I wanted a donut, but when I got there they were out of the kind I like so I didn’t get anything): $10.50
DH ordered a replacement door handle for my car since he broke one at the donut shop: $12.97
By dinner time I was really starting to feel under the weather, so DH picked up ramen from the new from-scratch ramen place in town (they make their own noodles! no msg! so good): $39.80
DH decided to try a new Mexican place with the kids. It was meh. (I stayed home and slept.): $34.06
DC1’s after school care for the next month (paid early via credit card): $115
DH ordered replacement earphones for himself out of his allowance: $31.88
DH put gas in the car: $15.55
DH also bought a ton of stuff for work that he’s getting reimbursed for, so I’m not going to count it. Our garage is gradually turning into a workshop. But that’s a trade-off for telecommuting.
DH decided to get burgers for lunch and brought one to my office: $20.30
Replacement booster seat for the carseat that was in the accident (DC2 is big enough for this particular booster and refused the super expensive convertible one that I wanted to buy because zie didn’t like the cowmooflage, thus forcing me to look at other brands and saving us ~200): $53.01
Paid violin teacher online (usually this is $80, but she’s taking a week off): $60
So is this a typical week? Hard to say. Usually we eat out as a family 2x/week and DH goes out for coffee or for lunch in order to get out of the house during the week. Usually he doesn’t bring me any and pays for it out of his allowance. Most weeks we spend ~$200 for groceries, but some weeks we spend more because we go into the city or we skip entirely because we’re too busy or need to eat the pantry down some. Also this misses most of our major first of the month expenses like daycare, mortgage, and so on, though I guess I did pay for after school and violin a bit early.
Does anything surprise me? I guess how many small purchases got made? DH tends to buy things right away when he thinks we need them, but I tend to buy things in lumps. His frequent buying of small things is definitely a function of having amazon prime.
But an interesting snapshot.
Have you ever tracked your spending? Why or why not? How in detail did you go? Did you learn anything?