I Saved a Ton of Money While My Husband Was Out of Town
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The last month has been a bit hectic, and it’s because my husband was out of town. Yep, for the whole month. We thought he would be off all of August but he got a last minute opportunity to do a hospital rotation in Michigan while the twins and I were here in New Jersey. (For all the new readers, my husband is almost finished with medical school – final stretch!) 🙂
He’s back now, and although I thought it would be the most expensive month ever, a funny thing happened: I hardly spent any money at all.
Now, there were some extra expenses associated with him traveling to Michigan and spending the whole month there. For example, I had to pay for an airbnb rental for him which was around $500 on top of our regular $1,900 rent here in New Jersey. He also had to pay for gas to get there and back (a 10 hour drive each way) as well as pay for a couple of school materials.
Where I Saved
Interestingly enough though, I spent less this month in total than I have in the last few months. The only time I went out to eat was when my in-laws came to visit (they graciously came and spoiled their grandtwins to help me out.)
My in-laws even bought me some groceries and cooked me meals that lasted several days after they left. Usually, ordering food is my biggest budget leak because I get so tired at the end of the day, but I’ve been staying strong. The closest I came to ordering out was buying a frozen pizza at the store while picking up a prescription.
Similarly, my husband didn’t buy any extras at all. He hit up Target on his first day in Michigan to buy a few things like laundry detergent and bread and meat for sandwiches. The hospital paid for his lunch every day. He studied every night after work so he didn’t make elaborate meals that required a lot of ingredients. Basically, he did a great job being a minimalist because he knew it was expensive for us to pay for the extra rent.
Because we weren’t together, we didn’t stroll around the mall, decide on a whim to go get ice cream, or have a date night. Even though I did ask my nanny to come a few extra days to help me, it was offset by the days she wasn’t here when my in-laws were in town.
What I Learned
What this month long separation taught me is that maybe my husband and I are worse influences on each other than we thought! We were both immensely more productive this past month too. We each worked at night and stayed up late hustling. When we’re together we usually give up around 11 and go to sleep or put a TV show on Netflix and watch an episode or two of a random cooking show.
I don’t want to say that we’re better apart because taking care of twins every day without him definitely showed me that we’re meant to be together always, but it did show me how we can improve and be more of a positive influence on each other when it comes to productivity and finances.
Have you ever had a long distance period away from your spouse? How did it affect your finances? Does your partner travel regularly? How do you notice your spending change during those times?
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