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I'm Asking: What Were the Last Five Things You Spent Money On?

Unless you're in the habit of keeping a spending diary it can be easy to mindlessly spend money. Even if you religiously check your bank account for errors you may not be focusing on where your money is actually going. A good exercise that you can do once in a while and doesn't require much effort is to think of the last five things you spent money on, no matter how small. Whenever I do this I usually find that the last five things are indicative of where I typically spend the most.

Without further ado, here are the last five things I spent money on — share your last five in the comments!

  1. Monday's lunch
  2. Saturday's dinner
  3. Utility bills
  4. Friday's birthday dinner for my fiancé
  5. Cab ride to dinner


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helloframboise helloframboise 9 years
1) Caramel macchiato 2) Prescriptions 3) Treats for dog 4) Dress for graduation 5) Caramel macchiato
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Dinner yesterday got money out of the atm for a home show tomorrow stuff at walmart gas food out on Thursday
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
Credit card bill Taco bell Jamba Juice Cotton Candy (there is a fair near my school!) Iced Tea
kayla74 kayla74 9 years
1. bagel and coffee ($4) 2. dinner for me and my friend (he was helping me study for the GRE) ($25) 3. magazine and a drink ($5) 4. lunch ($6) 5. gas and a car wash ($45. i wasn't even on empty!)
okmaebe okmaebe 9 years
1. Vending machine coffee right before class tonight. 2. Soup at Panera for lunch. 3. Mocha at Panera this morning. 4. Paid back Josh for buying me gluten free bread yesterday afternoon. 5. Latte at Barnes and Noble for lunch at work. I'm having a bad week, and not sleeping much. Big tests, and I'm glad to be able to buy coffee. I'm really tired.
AnnaLove AnnaLove 9 years
1. oreo cookies out of the vending machine at work 2. baguette and dill dip at ABC 3. vending machine at school 4. sausage, egg, and cheese bagel & iced latte at ABC 5. nails filled-in don't talk about the food, I'm pregnant!
Sydney-C Sydney-C 9 years
Ive been traveling the last couple of days, so that was company's money, but mine goes: 1. paid water bill online 2. 2 glasses of wine (didnt want to put too much on the company card) 3. book in the airport 4. Wal-mart (we would cease to exist without them in OK) 5. bachelorette party stuff for my bff
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
1) utilities 2) lunch (soup and water - so $4 only) 3) cab (to work) 4) bills (car, mortgage,insurance) 5) bills (credit cards, loans etc) i feel like paying my bills deserves multiple lines becuase i couldn't begin to tell you the last time i spent money on anything that wasn't bills, cab(transportation to/from work) and a small lunch. i don't make enough money to pay for anything else
JessiShaye JessiShaye 9 years
Thursday Lunch Replacement sunglasses Itunes Itunes Wednesday breakfast
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Gas Dinner Platos closet Ice pack for shoulder coke machine
skigurl skigurl 9 years
lunch parking ticket gas and car wash lunch movie (Run Fat Boy Run was DAMN FUNNY!)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
1.signed up my friend for the 5K 2. car payment 3. groceries 4. electric bill 5. Target - flat tire fixer Up next, dog food and pay the trainer!
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
this is hard... 1)lunch yesterday 2)gas 3)drinks on saturday 4)new dress 5)cat food
ChicaCity ChicaCity 9 years
1. metro card 2. drink from vending machine 3. lunch 4. groceries 5. vitamins/cleaning supplies
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
Starbucks Starbucks Dunken Donuts Chipotle Popeye's The past ... 24 hours?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
1. Dinner out last night with friends Wednesday 2. Donated to charity for a friend's father in the hospital Tuesday 3. Groceries Monday 4. Drinks with a friend Sunday 5. Gasoline Saturday
marcella marcella 9 years
Good question! It took me a while to figure this out, but here it is: 1) OPI nail polishes in Yoga-ta Get this Blue! and Lunch at the Delhi. 2) The Darjeeling Limited album from iTunes. 3) Groceries from Whole Foods and Trader Joes -- I shopped at both the same day. 4) Jhumpa Lahiri's newest collection of short stories Unaccustomed Earth from Borders. 5) Rosemary Mint Shampoo from Aveda.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
1. Lunch/Snack 2. Saturday Dinner (hotdogs) 3. Bills 4. Lunch 5. Lunch
sarawithoutanh sarawithoutanh 9 years
Latte from Starbucks Doctor's appointment Half a tank of gas Student loans Target run for shampoo, dish soap, and dark chocolate M&Ms
burningphoenix burningphoenix 9 years
Monday's dinner Sushi Gelato A carton of orange-pineapple-banana juice Tuition
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 9 years
- suede boots from eBay ($28) - banana bread at a coffee shop ($2) - bake sale for Amnesty International on my campus ($1) - a ticket to a campus event ($7) - coffee ($3.50)
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
1. Charity Donation ($20) 2. Vehicle Registration ($36) 3. Gas ($20) 4. Retin-A ($40.01) 5. Orthodontist bill ($200)
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
1.) Payment on new car. 2.) Down payment on new car. 3.) Soda at car dealership. 4.) Lunch @ Wendy's...break time from car dealership. 5.) Target.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
1. Tonight's Pizza $20 2. Two cell phone cards $22,50 3. Chicken pot pie from my favorite bakery $8 4. Two losing "Roll up the rim to win" cups of coffee at Tim Horton's $3 5. Parking at the airport $4
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
Ive been trying to save money, so I didnt buy anything other than necessities last week. This week... not so much. Ill be good this wknd though! :) 1. Sweater and Belt at The Limited ($36) 2. Shoes at Nine West ($45) 3. Quick Dinner yesterday ($5) 4. A few groceries at Wholefoods last Saturday ($25) 5. Car Insurance Pymt
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