What did we learn? Well, it was hard to actually crunch numbers on purchases we didn't make, but we estimate that we were able to save at least a couple of hundred dollars. We posed hard questions like,"is this a need?" And "is there another way to get what we need or want?" More often than not we didn't need that thing that we would have, at another time, just grabbed.
The thing is, we saved enough money that we have decided to step up our payment plans on our student loans. If we continue to be more mindful with our spending we can pay off our student debts more quickly and that is a very exciting prospect. So, yes, this was a life changing experiment. We have, as a result, more closely scrutinized out budget as a whole. We are changing our way of spending and hopefully making more wiggle room to grow.