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Old 03-11-2021, 05:55 PM   #81
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We've spent a LOT less on travel, about the same on food, and a LOT more on home improvements (which is never-ending)


This pretty much sums it up for us as well!
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Old 03-12-2021, 03:27 PM   #82
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Are you spending less during COVID?

To set this up...we FIREd in 2019, but I do about 200 hours/year of handyman work. We are 59/62. Our annual spending is around $90k.

We sure are spending less, but not by choice! About 35-40% of our budget is discretionary....we normally spend a lot on travel (about 6 trips/year....one of those international), I have expensive car hobbies (muscle cars), I spend a lot in my woodshop (hobby, not to sell), and we went out to eat about 3x/week).

When COVID hit, we stopped all travel and did not eat out other than occasional carry out. The woodworking hobby increased, so I spend more there. But overall we’re spending about $1,400 less per month than before.

I told DW that we will make up for it when we can....we’ll take 10 trips next year or more expensive trips lol.

Yes, we are spending more on groceries and utilities....but still we’ve spent $15k less over the past year. We are very blessed to be in the financial situation we are, and look forward to getting out and around soon. Want to post more in the blow-that-dough thread.

What about you?



Easily 10K lower, but a new deck and misc house projects took care of that LOL
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Easily 10K lower, but a new deck and misc house projects took care of that LOL
Seems to be a common theme on home improvement lol.
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