I decided to look back over a recent 12-month period to find out exactly how much we were actually spending on groceries. I was shocked with what I discovered.
About a year ago, frustrated with my ever-increasing credit card debt, I swore off using it for my every day purchases. I committed to only using my debit card and spending the actual cash I had in the bank. And for a time it was working.
Recently, everything I buy, consume, and do is being filtered through a financial lens and its necessity is being put on trial. Everything around me has an imaginary price tag on it, and it's starting to feel like I'm living in a goddamn Excel spreadsheet. It's exhausting.
I track every penny in my personal budget software. And until I'm out of this hole, no purchase will ever feel as good as being debt free.