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Frugal 2017// January - June

We're over halfway through July already, but more importantly, we're halfway through 2017.  We have focused on living a more frugal lifestyle all year, and you can read our monthly budget reports here. We have been comparing our spending against the year previous with the broad goal of just spending less than last year. I know this isn't a very specific goal, and this approach wouldn't work for everyone because of its lack of specificity, but there have definitely been improvements. Take a look at the chart below to see how 2017 (gray) spending compares to 2016 (blue).
Auto & Transport: Our spending was 15% less this year. We finished paying off my car in April, but we also had some one-time expenses hit, including the renewal of our drivers licenses and the deductible from my car accident.

Bills & Utilities: 19% higher this year, but this is likely just due to the the timing of expenses. It looks like we only had 5 Internet and Utilities bills paid in the firs…

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