I’ve been curious about how my spending has changed along with, well, everything else in recent weeks.
I know I’ve spent much more than usual on groceries and stocking our pantry, and much less on coffee shops and restaurants. But how much, exactly?
Because most of my past couple of years of finances are categorized in Google Sheets, it’s easy for me to compare March and April 2019 to the same period in 2020. (Thanks Tiller Money!)
While I could simply make a pivot table, Tiller Money Labs provides several free prebuilt reports that make this comparison more insightful. These include:
I used the Category Tracker report for a quick analysis. I’ll dig more into my spending trends in a detailed blog post next week, but comparing March 1 to April 15, 2019, vs 2020 I’ve already seen:
- At coffee shops, I spent $215 in 2019 vs $42 in 2020
- On groceries, I spent $962 vs $1952
- At restaurants, I spent $526 vs $124
Because of our huge, pantry-filling grocery bills this year, my total spending is actually up $415 during the shutdown. However, as long as we keeping eating all that food in the pantry, I expect this number to flip by the end of the month.
More to come with additional details ext week. In the meantime, how have your spending trends changed? How are you tracking your financial life during this strange time?
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