As part of a semi-serious New Year’s Resolution (and both of us looking for new jobs), we thought we’d attempt the Uber Frugal Month by Mrs. Frugalwoods. It’s more me wanting to do this, I manage all of the finances, but Eli is also on board.
- I can do this!
- Today you should track your spending and work out your net income (after taxes etc). Also you should work out your net worth. I now have a year’s worth of data on our net income and set expenses (such as gas, electricity etc), but haven’t calculated my net worth. I think if we had more assets, this would become more important for me.
- I will eat everything I buy at the grocery store!
- I try, I try. I’m not sure I succeed always, there are always a couple of mouldy things out of a punnet that I lose. Every time I say ‘reduce waste’, I knuckle down and end up with a freezer full of things to eat! I’m still working through that…
- Establish shared life goals with your partner.
- We both love LEGO – spending our spare cash flow on that is something we agree on. We see ourselves upgrading to a slightly bigger home in the future, but only after we have already completely paid out our current mortgage. We try to talk about it often, and I try not to worry about it! We see money differently – she sees assets, and I see debts, so together we make a good team.
In other news, at the moment we have a house guest from the USA who is going to go to Brickvention. It’s a bit weird having another adult in our home again, but its good preparation for when we hopefully get a Japanese home-stay student.
January’s running expenses (and a catalogue of posts in this series so far):
- swim -$17.40, PayPal payment for Lego sale $69.40
- apricots for drying -$100, eggs and cockroach bait -$23.10, disposable wipes -$3.99, found $10!
- petrol for both cars -$77.96