May felt like a very spendy month to us.
This is our first post where we don’t reveal our specific items of spending, but instead focus on our overall savings rate. Read about why we made that decision here.
However, we still want to talk about the things that influenced our spending, in a quest for us all to save even more on this journey to early retirement.
We actually had a pretty exciting month of free events. We’ll have a post coming out soon how frugality does not equal boredom, in fact in can mean lots of fun for a fraction of the cost.
Through a friend of his, Poopsie managed to get us free tickets to Movie World and Sea World! I was pretty excited as, only a few weeks before, I’d told Poopsie I wouldn’t mind us going to Movie World this year before we moved away. When the free ticket opportunity came up, we jumped at the chance.
Thank goodness we got free tickets. Had we paid entry, we’d be pretty annoyed. It definitely was not as fun as I remembered. Poopsie and I also both discovered we are quite the scaredy-cats. Movie World has a lot of scary rides and a lot of little kid rides, but it only has a few rides in between. I remember going as a kid and there being a wide variety of shows on but now, they just have one show which was pretty disappointing.
Sea World on the other hand was fantastic. Again, neither of us had been since we were kids but we both had an awesome day out. Seeing the beautiful marine animals and learning about the conservation and research efforts of Sea World was great. I would definitely have been happy to pay for entry there and I can’t wait to one day take my nephews and see them be amazed by the sharks, turtles and, of course, the penguins.
It was Mother’s Day this month, we hope you got to enjoy some time with your mum! My mum was travelling overseas, but we did get to take Poopsie’s mum out to brunch at a lovely French bistro. It was delicious and we intend to go back, that’s how much we loved it. It was quite reasonably priced in our opinion, but brunch for four people does add up which certainly influenced our eating out category this month.
We also got a new vacuum cleaner. Our dust-buster type vacuum cleaner broke and we wanted to replace it as we found it so convenient. We found a Dyson stick vacuum on sale for $299. We sold our large Dyson on Gumtree for $250, so we are pretty happy with our ~$49 vacuum! Poopsie is the chief vacuumer of the family and has been zipping around with it happily.
In March, April and May, our groceries have been over $500 for the month. We usually try and aim for $400 a month, so this is quite an increase. Now that it has happened three months in a row, it may be our new norm. We can’t figure out why the jump, as we haven’t changed our eating habits at all. We prioritise fresh produce and whole foods in our diet, which invariably do cost more than processed foods. We are more than happy to pay this money toward our health.
We did go camping this month, but we paid our site fees earlier in the year when we booked it. Unfortunately, we ended up coming home early due to the rain, but we had a good time while we were there.
Finally, both our car registration, car insurance and our council rates were due.
So without further ado, here is our May 2017 savings rate:
Do you track your savings rate? How did you go in May?