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I spend less money when...

April 17th, 2008 at 01:48 am

my husband is out of town. All his costs are covered by the government on his federally issued charge card. Well, there are limits to what he can spend!!

While he's away, I cook simpler meals. I drive fewer places. He's not here to stop at the store and pick up things he wants to add to dinner. We don't use any gasoline to get him to and from work. He drives 60 minutes round trip each day, so that adds up. The TV is on less in the evening. I wash fewer clothes. All less electricity and water. His diet coke habit is included in his travel money...more savings there. The list goes on, but I won't bore you.

I'm just now beginning to notice these things as his job has quite a bit of travel. You'd think I would have noticed when he was deployed! We did save a lot cash that year...mostly because he was making so much more at the time then we were used we just saved it!

Anyone else notice that they spend less when a spouse or significant other is away?

9 Responses to “I spend less money when...”

  1. boomeyers Says:

    I tend to cook at home less when DH is gone and feed the girls what they want....junk! My house is definately cleaner though!!

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I can be very frugal and simple when home alone. Then again, he tends to spend more when I am not around to stop I guess the money saved at home is no contest to the money he spends when he is on his own. Good thing he doesnt travel for his job I guess.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    My husband and I have never been apart in 31 years!

  4. sagegirl Says:

    I spend less when I go shopping without the kids and hubby. It is a new rule that I go alone. I would say I spend about 30% less when no one is with me (to secretly shove in extra popsicles, beer, or any other misc junk)

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Sagegirl...I agree with that one, too. I like my solo shopping trips. My DH is the worst of the three. Smile

  6. Ami S Says:

    I spend less (NONE) money when I simply stay at home!

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    Ami S...I had two no spend days this week, for the same reason. I just stayed home.

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Anyone else notice that they spend less when a spouse or significant other is away?

    Why yes! Yes I have. Big Grin

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    BA..kind of nice for us frugal people, yes?!!

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