I logged on to check my bank account this morning because today is pay day and my direct deposit goes through at midnight on Thursday/Friday.
I have $500 more in my checking account than I expected to have, owed solely to:
1) Not shopping mindlessly
2) Only going out to eat 1-2 times a week (usually once with the whole family on the weekend, and once for lunch during the week)
3) Not making a weekly trek to Starbucks.
That second point there is crucial, because we have made a very concerted effort to grocery shop, cook and eat and home, and try not to buy unhealthy foods at the store. I attribute that move alone to a big piece of the savings as well as the 5% I've lost so far. Best change yet!
To celebrate, I'm taking the birthday money my mom gave me (which hasn't been deposited yet, so isn't even included in the amount above) and going shopping today. Yay!!