Since I went to do a teeny-tiny shopping trip today (and because it's been more then a week), I thought it was time to update on January Low/No spend challenge.
I'm actually surprised but this month wasn't too bad financially for us. We had a lot of challenges in January but I managed to stay more or less in our budget so far. You might remember that I mentioned last week that we only had $25 left in our grocery budget. Well, we are down to $11 and change but I think, it's pretty good. I doubt I can make it with just $11 left but I should be pretty close to my goal.
We are up to 8 no-spend days this month too, and with more than a week left until the end of the month, we are right on track to get this number to 12. We also finally figured out all of our medical bills. We got the doctor's bill that was $352 last week. Crazy that they charge you more for the doc just peeking in your room for 10 seconds than all of the facility charges (that include all the hard work the nurses do...).
So we gave them a call to see if we could lower it a bit. The first guy Hubby talked to was not very responsive. He told him that since we are not unemployed any more, there is nothing they could do for us. After going back and forth and beating around the bush, hubs finally asked for a supervisor who was much more interested in helping us out. Apparently, they have a program to help people like us but they will never tell you about it unless you talk to somebody higher up. So they lowered it to $240. But since we got a reimbursement check this week too, it's almost a wash. So we sent out the last check and, hopefully, we can finally move on from it!!
And with that reimbursement we only ended up paying $20 extra on this bill, so we should be able to put a nice chunk of money into our savings. I've been working really hard this month on my part-time job and should make at least $500 by the end of the month, and it will all go into savings, I hope.
I think we are doing pretty good with the challenge so far, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed, nothing comes up next week...
Did you participate in this challenge? How is January treating you?