Outside of fixed expenses, I spent:
- Shopping--$128 ($60 toward my party dress for the wedding, $50 toward new sheets, $15 toward donating to my friends' band The Eastern Sea)
- Restaurants & Bars--$140 (this includes an expensive bottle of wine and new years)
That is according to Mint.com. There were probably a few expenses here and there with cash, but those are harder to keep track of. I also want to mention that I spent about $50 more on groceries than I usually do, to compensate for not eating out.
All in all, I didn't completely cut out discretionary spending, that would be impossible and not to mention embarrassing. When people want to go out and get food or drinks, I hate turning it down for budget reasons. Instead, I just choose the cheap things on the menu and avoid getting drinks.
I am actually going to try to start over in February, which should be easier since it's a shorter month.