At the end of January I wrote a post about tracking our spending for the year.
It is now the end of February and we have continued our diligence in order to create an accurate picture of our variable spending.
There was no more holiday spending and our grand total for February was $1,620.92 which is almost exactly $1,000 less than the total for January (excluding bookings for our holiday). Many, but not all categories were substantially less. This was not because of any concerted effort, but rather, is an indication of how our costs fluctuate on a month by month basis.
Food made up a much smaller proportion with a spend of $233 in February compared to $633 in January.
Most importantly, if the food and transport costs for the first 2 months of 2015 were averaged out over a 12 month period they work out to slightly less than the figure I put in our budget estimation late last year for the financial planner. This makes me feel as though I have a pretty good idea of where our money goes and how much it costs us to live. The proof will come later in the year if the figures continue to stack up.