Well done DaKini, thats awesome. Amazing what results are achieved with a bit of positive attitude and action! And you realise that just by changing a few habits, in quite a gentle fashion, what a big difference it makes.
When I started within a few months of gentle change, I was at 50% savings, and another 6 or 7 months down the track I realised I could cut my part -time work hours further, by 28%, and semi-retire and still save 50%.
My reason for celebrating is that I just invoked FU money for the first time in my 55 years. I'd organised 5 weeks long service leave and at the last minute one of the big bosses didn't approve it and I had a choice, either come back to work or take leave without pay. Pretty quickly I decided the time off was more important, and even though I am now 5 weeks with no income, I can manage, and even thrive. So I politely said LWOP please, but in my head it was "Yeah, I've got FU money, and I am so using it". Of course I still have expenses, so there will be a cost, but since my financial house was in order I knew exactly what I could do and how to do it. I also have been thinking about interval working.. thats tricky in my job, so this gave me the chance to try it out, since I will still have the leave for another time.