Last month I publicly lamented that I spent $756 on food and drinks in January. My rent is $800. I ate (and drank) almost as much as it cost me to live. Man. Most bloggers who talk about this kind of thing spend less than $400 on food and drinks. Clearly I’ve got a lot to learn. So I set a February food and drinks goal at a less than modest $585. I spent $583, so now I think I’m awesome.
Groceries $271 (down $115 from January) I’m so excited about this, but how I did it is embarrassing. Basically I put an end to my 5-tub a week habit of Island Farms Mango French Vanilla Yogurt. Seriously. I was spending $30 a week on yogurt. It’s practically worse than smoking. My life is less delicious these days, but I’m richer for it.
Coffee $15 (-$18) It was easy. I bet I can get this number even lower in March, especially if I win more roll up the rims.
Out for Drinks $73 (+$21) I’m embarrassed to say this was in one night. Believe me, I paid for it.
Drinks at Home $0 (-$19) I definitely want a glass of wine most evenings, but it’s not necessary. Cutting out an evening glass of wine is my own way of cutting daily lattes out of my budget. NB: I’m drinking a glass of wine as I write this. Nobody’s perfect.
Restaurants $103 (+$51) I knew February would be kind of expensive in this area so it’s all good. I treated Kurt to an amazing dinner at Japanese Village for Elexa’s birthday. Katie and I grabbed sushi before her 30th birthday celebration. And Laura and I went out for soup. That’s it. Though I should note, Kurt treated me to dinner several times and the times I ate out in Vancouver were included in my separate travel budget, so to say I only had my butt in restaurant seats 3 times in February wouldn’t be the truth at all.
Take Out $54 (-$28) I’m down from last month, but still, I sucked at this category. Again.
Treats $17 (+$3) I don’t even remember eating a single treat, so I can’t speak to this….
Host/Guest $50 (-$33) I’m down here this month, which is great, but really I don’t care. I’m happy with whatever this number is. Spending evenings with friends is so important to me, my mental health and my happiness. I’m happy to bring food to a potluck, host a dinner, or bring a bottle of wine to a girls night if it means getting to spend quality time with the people I love most.