How Does $100 Per Week in Spending Money Sound to You?
I read Smithee’s blog post at Consumerism Commentary about how his first week with only $100 went. I gotta admit, when I first saw the title I thought “What does he mean, only $100? $100 is a lot!”.
Then it dawned on me.
I have absolutely no idea how much I spend in an average week.
I could tell you how much I spend in an average month, on everything including things like the house payment, but…figuring up how much I spend on average on the kinds of things he mentions in his post is another matter.
So I decided to check, and quickly discovered that maybe I ought to make spending “only” $100 a week a goal, because I spent $195.61 over 7 days.
Now I sure hope that wasn’t an average week, but sadly it’s probably not horribly atypical. It seems like something always comes up — so much so that I pretty much plan on it.
For the week described here, I spent just over $100 on a month’s worth of oil painting lessons and a few supplies. The remaining amount was spent on gas, 2 week’s worth of lunch money for my son, eating out twice, a birthday gift, and some snacks.
So while I still think spending $100 in a week is a lot, maybe I ought to work a little harder at curbing my spending in order to get down to that amount or less.