Phew, we made it to the finish line and March is well under way now. You really notice the calendar when you’re pregnant!
February was a really tough month for us, crazy bills to do with bubs (thanks private hospital emergency fee!), planning for the Husband’s 30th birthday and the usual as well – petrol, groceries. We didn’t feel like we were struggling the whole time but definitely towards the end there was some eeek moments and we still dipped in to my pay to cover day care.
It was definitely an eye opening experience considering we used to be on one income not so long ago but it’s funny how expensive a toddler can be! Music lessons, swimming and day care – we’re definitely going to have to put away some extra savings for when I go on leave with Peanut (I’m trialling the nickname – I figure if I keep using it it will become ingrained right?).
The biggest thing I noticed by not spending on anything other than the necessities (& a few meals out) is how much I craved shopping. It scared me a bit and I was second guessing anything I was spending money on. I found internet window shopping to be my saviour but it felt a bit sad! Not that I couldn’t buy anything but that my brain was reacting that way and couldn’t just switch off from being a consumer!
I would love to say that come March I’m still sticking to a budget and haven’t bought anything but that would be a HUGE lie. I’ve just bought Logan a whole bunch of tops – so we can fit his big head through! – and it’s going to be birthday week very soon so that’s going to chew through the money very quickly. Plus a very expensive electricity bill came in the first couple of days – not fair! I’m looking forward to a cool change coming soon so that we can get rid of all the air conditioning.
Saving for a home deposit is still the ultimate goal and once March is out of the picture I’ll be leaning more towards being frugal and waiting for some decent sales to get the second baby stuff we need (which isn’t a lot thankfully). I am still feeling the desire to live simply and not buy anything that isn’t a necessity and I’m loving this new aspect of life. I’m also finding it a blessing knowing we aren’t in our forever home because I’m not buying all those knick knacks etc… I otherwise would be but it’s also making me a little sad when I think about the nursery. Still, Logan was barely in his first nursery and this baby will be there for at least a year if not longer.
Our main goal with all of this is home ownership but not at the expense of us enjoying our lives!