Here we are creeping up towards the middle of February and whilst things may be calming down for us financially health wise we had some turmoil this week. I started the week with a tooth extraction that had a couple of things go wrong. Ouch is all I will say ha ha. I did end up spending some money on pain relief for the couple of days following that after I got to the point of being kept awake all night by it. Our daughter also unfortunately had a health battle this week against a kind of mystery virus. The poor girl was running a fever like crazy and was up vomiting through the night for a couple of nights. We are both feeling better now and ready to get on with life 🙂
We had a win this week when we managed to replace our lawnmower. I sourced a secondhand one from marketplace for only $70! We had to run up to the tip to dispose of our old lawnmower and noticed that a tip shop had opened up, we were able to get a fuel can for our new to us lawnmower for only $5 so we are so happy. It is heaven to mow the lawns now, it almost doesn’t even feel like a chore! The total cost was also right in budget and we could cash flow the entire purchase including the fuel with the money in our sinking fund.
We are finishing up week two of trying Hello fresh at the moment and we are still loving it. The cost is making it a little bit difficult to stay in our grocery budget but we are managing for the most part. It is forcing us to not purchase junk food and that is a wonderful thing!
So what did we spend?
$3.75 over on our grocery budget. This is an improvement since starting Hello Fresh but I plan to keep working on this until it is zero.
$14.95 on my prescription for pain medication after my tooth extraction. I tried to forego this, I really did by the second day it was clear something had gone wrong when my face was too swollen to even open my mouth.
$24.95 Was spent on a dinosaur book and a dinosaur blanket to comfort my daughter during the worst of her fever, she is all about dinosaurs at the moment and those small gifts brought a smile to her face at a time when she couldn’t even hold down water. It was worth every cent in my eyes when my heart was breaking from my inability to make her healthy again.
$3.00 was spent again on our daughter for a new pair of swimmers. I included this as a fail because I did promise to thrift her clothes for the year, I can not however bring myself to thrift underwear or swimwear so I purchased these new. They were on the clearance rack and an honest bargain.
As we have talked about last week and over on You Tube we will stop including the cars in the no spend year figures as we had exempt them back at the start of the year.
- This week $46.15
- This month $83.55
- This year $219.05
Even with some comfort spending around health issues we are determined to end this month having spent less than we did in January.
Go ahead and give us some encouragement by following our story this year, here or on Instagram where I post pretty much daily, or over on you tube where we share video updates of our finances along with frugal recipes we have tried this year.