This is my spending in childcare/preschool/babysitters over the last 4 months.
I mean, I’ve decreased my spending on childcare by like 75%. (Thank you mom!) This fall that will go back up to $500/mo, but that’s a lot less than $850 and if my mom is helping me pay for it it will really be dramatically less.
Groceries: Still usually over $400 per month. Lots of room to improve here. This also includes toiletries, cat food and litter, pads/tampons, and beer/wine.
Gas: Pretty stagnant here with a decrease in July due to not working as much (since my grandma passed), my sister driving us for camping, and M only going to school on days I worked.
Shopping: This is all purchases from amazon (things like charger cords, books, household items). Basically I’ve really been trending down here and sticking only to necessary items, but really I could’ve done a lot better in April and June.
Snacks and Drinks: This is my weak area, the “non-necessary” expenses that I can’t seem to cut out no matter how much I need to. These include gas station drinks, coffee at work, ice cream at parks for M, etc. Still, I’m trending down so that’s good! Gotta keep that up.
Restaurants/Fast Food: Includes eating out while traveling, and considering all of the traveling we’ve done since April I’m actually pretty proud of how well I did in this category.
Travel: Hotels/campgrounds and tourist attractions for trips to Tennessee/Kentucky, Chicago, Michigan’s west coast, and Niagara Falls.
I also cut out cable and my home phone completely, saving about $140 per month. If I can peel about $50-100 off of the above categories I’ll save another $100-$200 per month.