Hello? Is this thing on?
I didn’t mean to quit blogging. However, I’ve always blogged for fun, and I have had other priorities that prevented me from writing about my money. It’s the usual suspects keeping me busy: work and marathon training. I expect to have a little more free time starting very very soon!
I’m also much less money-focused than I once was, for better or worse. Actually, this is certainly for the worse. I don’t even want to admit how much we spent on eating out and groceries (and other things we buy at the store, like alcohol and cleaning supplies) in 2012. It was surprising, but ignoring the numbers doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.
Finally, I blame my iPad. I can read blogs all day and my bluetooth keyboard allows me to easily comment (except when they fail and i eventually give up…) However, the interface doesn’t work for writing blog posts, at least not very well. My laptop stays closed up for days and days. Writing a blog post isn’t as convenient as it was in my pre-iPad days (when I was on my laptop anyway).
Oh, and I know that you are supposed to blog on a schedule to keep your audience, but I only blog when I have something to say. My audience will remain small-ish, but very very high quality!
OK, you made it this far. Here’s those embarrassing numbers that I wasn’t even going to tell you about.
- 2012 Restaurant Spending: $3332
- 2012 Grocery + misc spending: $4844
- 2012 Alcohol spending (sometimes I delineate this, but not always): $983 (to be fair, over 1/3 of this was wine we bought in nappa and haven’t yet touched)
That is $404/month on groceries, $277 on all kinds of going out to eat, and $90/mo on alcohol. For two people, of course, but… still.
I’m mortified. With so much being up in the air regarding savings, jobs, and incomes, my top 2013 finance goal is to spend less than 2012 in ALL of these categories. Actually, I would like to spend less in most every category except perhaps travel!