I have a #febusave confession to make.

There’s been a lot of #febusave fluff showing how many people are giving up their takeaway coffee during #febusave. Or how many people aren’t driving their car to work. Or how many people aren’t expanding their shoe collection for a WHOLE MONTH.

Of the list of sacrifices on offer, there are the ones that have no relevance to me (I don’t buy coffee), and there are ones that are absolute no-go zones (no way am I giving up driving to work and doubling my travel time in my v. fuel efficient car!).

So I’ve been trying to work out what I can do for #febusave to make an impact on my spending habits. I already put away a chunk of money each fortnight and I’m working to pay off my car loan ahead of schedule.

But it’s occurred to me; that while I have a colourful spreadsheet that has been lovingly cared for, I don’t know if the amount I allocate to each of my little sections is a true representation of my actual spend.

So I’m going to track my cash flow like I’m running the office petty cash tin. I’m going to write down every dollar I spend/transfer/etc for my next pay run (which, luckily for my ADD-inclined head, starts tomorrow!)

I’ve got a pen and notepad in my handbag (they’re always in there, but) and I’m ready to go!

Oh god, this is going to be ugly, isn’t it?

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6 thoughts on “The Spreadsheet Nazi’s challenge for #febusave

  1. You go girl!

    Posted on 9 February 2010 at 5:23 pm
  2. if i had an income i’d do this with you… might do it in march (pending employment!)

    Posted on 9 February 2010 at 6:08 pm
  3. Thats a brilliant idea! I might do the same next fortnight! :D
    .-= Manda´s last blog ..Boston =-.

    Posted on 9 February 2010 at 7:59 pm
  4. Good luck! I hope it doesn’t reveal too many bad things ;)
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..40/365 – Hiding. =-.

    Posted on 9 February 2010 at 8:19 pm
  5. I don’t think you necessarily need to write it down

    Spend cash only, rather than card and make sure you get receipts for everything. Then you can sit and figure it all out at the end of the week or whatever rather than constantly having to scribble stuff down every 5 minutes

    Posted on 9 February 2010 at 8:53 pm