Best Spends May 2020
In this post and in the series of posts related to best spends, I will provide a closer look at some of the spends I felt the best about. In May, here are a few that stand out among the rest.
So many people are now adjusting to a new way of going about their normal routines. For us, the visit to the grocery store (stores really) were always part of our routine. Over the last two months though, we changed how we get our groceries. Since the first week in April, we’ve decided to have our groceries delivered. In May, that ended up costing us just a bit more.
Looking at our grocery bill for the four of us, we’re up roughly 25% compared to the first three months of the year. I’m thinking all of us being home lends to more snack times and thus longer grocery lists, but I’m putting 20% of the increase on the delivery of groceries (slightly higher prices, delivery fees, and tips). In May, a 20% increase in the grocery bill translates to a spend of $160.
Before being sequestered to our house, we frequented the movies. Taking the kiddos to the theater is always fun and while we generally bring our own snacks, the movie itself would run us between $20 and $40 depending on day and time. This last week, we decided to buy a movie from the cable company.
Scooby Doo wasn’t my first choice but I was overruled by my two daughters. So, with two clicks on the remote and another $24.99 coming on my next cable bill, we settled in with some popcorn and enjoyed some family movie time. Just one belly laugh from my four-year-old made this one of the best spends of the month!
Not driving to the office everyday has given me a good 40 minutes back each morning and afternoon. While tempted to hit the snooze button in the mornings, I’ve decided day after day for the last five weeks to get up and get downstairs for a workout. While many different exercise programs exist, I happen to be a fan of the Beach Body products. I decided to renew my subscription so I could access their library of workouts. The six month subscription set me back $59 this month.
Several other programs exist that are less expensive however, I found this one motivated me the most. When I look at a per month cost, I’m just under $10. At a per week, the cost is only about $2.50. Break that down over five workouts each week and I’m running at about $.50 per workout. Not bad, not bad!
My best spends in May of 2020 came in just under $245. While that is a lot of money, the value of what came out of the spends is well worth it! Until next time, what do you think your best spends were in the last 30 days?
Check out another one of my previous best spend posts here!