We are rounding the corner to Day 30 of my Limited Spending Challenge.
Overall, it has felt like a pretty successful month. Excluding a few specific spending whims and indulgences (namely a spending spree on Black Friday and some online holiday shopping) I managed to stay pretty true to my budget of $80 per week.
Overall this month has forced me to become much more planned and organized. In a typical week, I put about $40-50 towards groceries. Keeping such a tight grasp on groceries really forced me to pay attention to what I was buying and concentrate on the priorities. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I could buy the essentials (brown rice, chicken, broccoli, salad, etc.) without sacrificing healthy choices. If anything, I discovered that much of what I spend in excess on is junk food.
This month has also unearthed a creative flourish of baking. Instead of spending money on various snacks, I managed to tap into my inner homemade baker. I also found ways to maximize leftovers by making new meals out of them and planning leftovers for lunch.
This challenge has given me the confidence to live with less. I feel strangely empowered to know that I can cut my spending by half of what I normally would spend and it has given me some savings that I can use towards my upcoming cross country road trip.
30 Day Review
Level of Success in Completing Challenge: B+
Likelihood of Continuing Challenge Beyond 30 Days: VERY! In fact, I plan to continue the challenge into December.