We had a great February, achieving our second highest savings rate ever!
We had some bills, some unexpected expenses and a weekend away- but still managed to save a lot. That’s exactly what we’re aiming for in 2017.
Poopsie spent the first week of February still away with work in a remote mining town. He had to get his groceries from expensive Woolworths, and also enjoyed some dinner and drinks out with colleagues. This inflated both our grocery and eating out categories a little bit, but nothing too drastic. He will be going back to the same town toward the end of March, this time for three weeks. We expect to again see an increase in those categories, but we’ll work hard to keep everything else low to compensate.
Our suburb has finally got NBN and we decided to make the switch. We will save close to 40% a month from our old internet costs. It did however mean signing up to a new company, which included purchasing a new modem. Next month we will also have to pay our final bill at the old company with an exit fee. Even with the new modem and exit fee, we will still save a significant amount of money over a year by making the switch, so we are pretty happy with this.
We have recently had a very bad problem with ants. We tried everything ourselves, but this month I had had enough so we got someone to come out and spray and lay ant poison. It seems to have worked! We haven’t seen any ants since so that has definitely been worth the $185 we spent.
Finally, we spent a lovely weekend away in Noosa. This was a spur of the moment trip after Poopsie spotted a good deal online. We had a very nice and relaxing weekend, with lots of time spent in the pool. While we certainly don’t do these types of weekends too often, they’re very nice when they come up.
Here are the rest of our February expenses:
|Gifts||$16.47||A welcome home for Poopsie.|
|Internet||$111.00||We signed up for our new NBN internet, which included a new modem. This will be much lower in future months.|
|Groceries||$474.06||Over, but considering Poopsie's week away with work, not too bad.|
|Car Costs||$100.39||Very low this month. We got a $40 refund from our E-Toll account, so this is reflected here.|
|Kids||$1,533.04||Our first full month of paying our increased child support costs.|
|Council Rates||$336.55||Quarterly rates. We got a small discount for paying early.|
|Mobile||$18.00||Poopsie is back to paying for his mobile phone after the initial three months up front has ended.|
|Household||$322.84||We got our house sprayed, bought some new CO2 canister for our sodastream and got Poopsie's antique clock repaired.|
|Miscellaneous||$43.00||We joined the RACQ Loyalty program to get a discount on our electricity. The discount is more than worthwhile even after factoring in the joining up fee.|
|Mortgage Interest||$779.29||Very low. Gotta love a short month!|
|Eating Out||$94.70||A combination of laziness and celebrating Poopsie's return home.|
|Travel||$433.35||We spent a weekend in Noosa. This includes our hotel cost, some groceries and some lunch at the Eumundi markets.|
How did you go with your spending in February? Did you hit your savings goals?