Food and Entertainment Spending
This area is really difficult for me to cut. While we often invite people over for drinks/snacks, most of the time people prefer to go out to socialize. I like going out too – having a few drinks, trying new foods, going to new places. But wow, it adds up really quickly!
It’s only nine days into the month, and I’ve spent about $80 in the entertainment category. That’s about $50 for a college football game ticket + tailgate BBQ, and $30 on drinks out or alcohol/snacks purchased separately from my regular grocery shopping. We’re having a couple over tonight, and we’ll probably need to make another run to the store so we can offer some suitable snacks. We still haven’t completely combined finances, so that means T also spent about the same (maybe a little less).(Photo: austinevan)
This doesn’t even count restaurants, where I’ve already reached my target of $75/month. Already! Some of these are work lunches, and there is one $45 birthday treat to T. But still! We’re already committed to at least 1 more friend’s birthday dinner out this month, and we typically eat one meal out per a weekend.
This is a big reason I took some time off from tracking spending. I knew we were spending a lot more than we once did on food/entertainment, and I didn’t want to accept it. But just because it isn’t written down doesn’t make it less true.
While I plan to stay conscious of the numbers and try to keep them down, I don’t plan to drastically cut it. For now, we have room in our budget for it and we really enjoy it. If we ever need to save a bit extra, I know exactly which spending to target!
What areas do you find hard to cut? How much do you spend on entertainment and food?