so the first week of October is over and I have been very diligently recording all of my purchases. so far, my grand total for the week is $485.52 - rather alarming! but don't get too frightened for me - it is not all impulse buys. here is the breakdown:
Ren Faire Admission: $25.00
Movie Tickets: $19.00
My Portion of the Oil Bill: $66.50
Car Payment: $271.96
Gas for Car: $20.01
Restaurant Food: $59.35
Powerball Tickets: $2.00
Kylie's Birthday Gift: $21.70
honestly, I am a little upset at my restaurant spending. I mean yes, I did include my ren faire food in that column, but that's still a lot for one week. especially for a week when I didn't even go out to eat all that often. I hope next week is a better week for this column. also, I don't go to the ren faire or movies every week, so the entertainment column is higher than it usually would be. but that is why I am doing this for a whole month - to get a better idea of my average spending.
the hardest thing, I think, is not letting the fact that I am recording my expenditures affect what I spend. like I look at that total for the week and I think "wow, I'd better not buy anything else this week" - but that's defeating the purpose. I can adjust my spending after I figure out my biggest spending problems.
but nonetheless - here's to hoping next week's total is lower (but it probably won't be)!