It's hard to believe that I just completed the 3rd week of the Low/No-Spend challenge. How did things go?
Used so far: $180 = FAIL
It seems that our weekly grocery bill has been consistently higher than what I budget for. It could be due to the fact that I'm now bringing my breakfast and lunch to work, so I do need to buy more groceries. I will adjust my budget for the next 2-week period. Of course this past weekend I had to restock on diapers and baby wipes, which I didn't calculate into the budget.
Used so far: $60 = PASS
This is good news as it will help with the grocery overage.
Coffee Shop: $0
Used so far: $1.60 = tiny FAIL
I picked up a tea from the cafeteria last week. Need to make sure I bring in some tea bags to work to store at my desk.
Used so far: $7
Went out with the boys for lunch last week and gave into my craving for sushi.
Used so far: $70 = FAIL
This money was spent on Saturday when we took the kids to the mall and afterwards went out for dim sum. DH and I also went to my best friends engagement party at a lounge, so we spent $40 on Saturday night. I consider my spending to be a fail, simply because I didn't need to splurge on a $7 cocktail at the lounge.
Still consistent with the working out and cardio. Still no hashbrowns, donuts or muffins. I still can't believe that there was a time when I was having this junk food on a daily basis.
The number on the scale hasn't gotten smaller, but I do feel slimmer and some clothes that fit snug in the past are fitting more comfortably now. I suspect that I won't lose any weight but will just see changes in my body shape.
Overall, the first 3 weeks of January have been great. I've allowed myself a "cheat" meal once a week and even with those meals, I have been quite controlled in what I'm eating.
Oh.. and last week I thought I would take a peek at my last paystub of 2011 to see the total amount I spent at the cafeteria. You ready for this?! .... $1200!!! Last year I spent $1200 at my work cafeteria. This doesn't even include the times I went to Starbucks or Tim Horton's, or the money spent on eating lunch at the mall or at nearby restaurants.