February is almost over. That means we’re two months into the budget, and it’s been another great month for us. It looks like we’ll be coming in about $400 under budget. So now I have two conflicting thoughts: if we’re saving even more than we planned, should we stop being quite so strict on ourselves? Should we allow ourselves to live a little?
Our monthly budget for fun is $100. We’ve only spent $41 between both months, and $16 of that was for a disappointing TV show on Amazon: The Expanse. It was a let down.
We’ve budgeted $50 per month for dining out, and, two months into the budget, we’ve only spent $10 total. For the year. And that was for not-so-great drive thru coffee. Maybe we need to get out more. I don’t know. We do have a pretty cool blanket fort in the living room.
The thought that conflicts (sorry to leave you hanging) is that we may have unforeseen expenses in the coming months. So far we’ve been under budget on pets, but we also haven’t had any vet visits yet. Our fun and dining out dollars will start adding up when we go away for our ten year anniversary next month, and now we’re planning a trip to Vegas in June. And, though I did have to replace my radiator last weekend, we haven’t yet had to get $1000 worth of work done to the car, which could happen at any point. Our cars are ten and fifteen years old, so they need to swallow some money once in a while, but still much cheaper than a car payment.
So I’m glad we’re starting the year out below budget, because we may need to cash that savings in. And it’s not as though we aren’t doing anything fun. It’s just that our fun things are free. Not everyone’s into that sort of thing.