The ways in which we broke the rules:
- We had a few coffee dates out. This doesn’t sound especially budget-breaking, and it’s not. I like the idea of having coffee shop dates where we leave the house (and our phones) behind and take an hour so just to talk and catch up. We’re not as good about this when we’re at home because so many other things vie for our attention. I think having a meal at home and then going out for coffee, dessert, or drinks is a great way to do a date night without breaking the bank.
- I spent some money on future events/excursions. We’re going to an event in March that I needed to buy tickets for as soon as possible, and I also planned a surprise trip that required a deposit. I also signed us up for a big hike in April that I needed to pay for in February. In my mind, it’s ok to pay for future events during February. That and I needed something to look forward once we return from Italy.
- While we technically weren’t supposed to eat out at all, there was that one night where I just had to have pad thai from the takeout place down the street. I don’t regret that one bit because their pad thai is delicious. Also, there may have been a cookie emergency that one time, ahem.
Ways in which we did such a good job adhering to the rules:
- We didn’t eat out in a restaurant at all! Probably our biggest nonessential expense (after travel) is eating out. It has made such a difference in our budget to abstain from restaurants for a whole month.
- We (ahem, *I*) packed lunch every single workday. Sure, some of the days my definition of “lunch” was what someone else might call “random assortment of snack food from the pantry or refrigerator” but I didn’t eat lunch out or skip lunch at all. I also made D a lunch every day. If it weren’t for me doing so, he’d just skip lunch every day, which I am not ok with.
- We didn’t buy any other nonessential items. There was plenty of temptation, but I managed to resist all kinds of pretty things taunting me from online and the Banana Republic that’s right next to my gym (sigh).
Because we were kind of lax during February, we’ve decided to extend Superfrugality Month through when we leave for Italy. It’ll totally be worth it, and that way we (hopefully) won’t return from our trip totally and completely broke.