I read a lot of blogs on saving money and I find that even though I follow their advice I still can’t lower our spending. Which then makes me wonder if I’m actually already spending as much or less than these bloggers are. In the interest of full disclosure and to make me truly accountable, each month I outline exactly what we spend.
(NB: We don’t pay for everything every month – car expenses and home insurance are paid annually.)
Phone / internet / TV: $79.90
Mobile phone: $75.44 – the 44c was charged for the last few months for payment via a credit card, even though we don’t actually pay via a credit card. It pays to check your bills, even for small overcharges. We called our provider and they have agreed to stop the charges and credit the full amount overpaid. All $1.32 of it!
Private health insurance: $192.19 – ah, this has been causing me some issues lately. My husband’s employer informed us of a corporate discount we could obtain from our health insurer. Two months after I first called them to request the discount, and several more phone calls later, not only has this not been done but they have added on an extra fee they thought we should be paying which we actually shouldn’t be. We will hopefully receive the backdated discount and the refund of the extra fees soon.
Pet insurance: $42.40
Water (bi-monthly): $40.99 – as we rent, we don’t pay water rates and as such this is just consumption.
Food / groceries / entertainment: $695.64 – this is a major focus for me to reduce.
Medical appointments / medicine: $334.80 – I had some extensive dental work and this was the amount after the private health insurance rebate. Ouch.
Medical equipment: $158.19 – my husband requires specific medical equipment which is heavily subsidised but still costs us. This month was higher than normal as he stocked up on a few items.
School expenses: $0.50 – my son broke his ruler and I offered to pay half to replace it. Mug.
Children: $55.20 – clothes and a bulk box of baby wipes.
Haircuts: $159.00 – my main treat. Don’t judge me!
Gifts: $98.41 – my Nanna’s birthday and my cousin’s housewarming.
House: $71.48 – light globes and printer ink.
Spending: $48.90 – jeans and socks for Mr FF, nail polish for me.
Professional registration: $133.80
Total spending: $4450.74
We still have some way to go and I’m working hard to reduce our spending. I hope this pays off in the next few months.