I wasn't specifically trying to cut back in February. I was just very interested in seeing where I'm spending money. And because I'm naturally curious, I like seeing where/how others spend their money too. I figured since February is a short month (by, like, one day but it seems short), this was the time to try and track.
This does not include bills. This does not include anything Scott bought (obviously). Using my Starbucks app doesn't count because that is made up of giftcards and not money I've put on it. This is just my day-to-day spending. Some days I spent nothing (it was too much of a pain to include dates but it is chronological), some days I spent money on 5+ things. Usually it's Saturdays that I spend the most money.
Audiobooks: I look for daily deals to pop up in my wish list. For the $4.95 one (The String Diaries), it'd been on my list for two years. Later in February, another book on my list popped up for $3.95. I have a standing $14.95 payment to Audible each month but since that is that is considered a "bill" I didn't include it. I don't mind spending money on audiobooks because I rarely buy actual books and actual books lead to clutter anyway. Audiobooks just take up space on my phone until I delete them. No shelf space required.
Safeway: I did not need that $27.27 at Safeway. I was feeling weak and needed chicken for dinner and a bunch of other stuff made its way into the basket. I DID need the $10.57 purchase though.
Eating Out: You can see that I don't really eat out. The Starbucks breakfast sandwich was not paid for on my app because I didn't have enough money left, so I used cash. I was out running errands and was starving so that's what I got. This could've been prevented with better planning. And the Chick-fil-a thing...I knew Scott was at home and it was Friday afternoon and I didn't have it in me to scrounge up dinner. It was easier to stop. Major fail.
Michael's: These stores are rabbit holes for me. The first stop was for Valentine party supplies and my co-worker and classroom supply fund reimbursed me. The second was for some R+F Glo Pack supplies. Along the crafty route, Books are Fun is just an organization that sells stuff in the teachers' lounge and proceeds benefit the school. I bought some wall art I'd been eyeing up.
And because it wouldn't fit into one screenshot, here's the rest of the month:
This one starts with "Panera". The first 5 are a repeat...
Panera: Did I need an iced coffee? Probably not. But Panera coffee is my absolute favorite and I happened to be at the Michael's next to a Panera, so when in Rome...
Safeway: Ugh. I had to stop for a small bag of dog food because the Chewy order hadn't arrived. Then, I spent $50 there later in the week because we were having friends over for dinner and I needed a few things for that. THEN, I spent $73 there just on Monday because I needed groceries for the week, and it should've been cheaper, but then I saw that they had Sonicare toothbrushes on sale for half off. I've had one on my list of things to consider for awhile now (the dentist told me I would benefit from it because I brush too hard) and they're at least $50 on Amazon. So I ended up with an extra $23 on my bill. But I actually only saw them because "toothbrush" was on my shopping list to begin with. So it kind of makes sense.
PX: This is the Post Exchange on base. Scott needed socks and then the dogs were out of the treats I usually buy and they don't sell them on chewy.com. So this wasn't really for me...it was just a necessary stop.
BBW: Bath and Body Works soap is not a necessity...soap is, but seasonal soap is not. For anything that I just want, I use my Rodan+Fields money. Since it's a side hustle and doesn't factor into what I consider to be my salary, it's my fun money. 6 soaps, 1 lip product, and 1 lotion + shipping for a total of $41 is a bargain (I think).
I didn't need ALL of the stuff I bought this month but I also didn't really buy anything fun (clothes). I have some clothes shopping planned for March because I currently hate my closet (a lot). I think I will also track what I spend in March (because it's addictive in a weird way).