NO BUY JULY
Now that I'm 40, I decided it was time to grow up just a little bit more and try to reel things in when it came to $$$. So, since the beginning of June, I put myself on a weekly "allowance" for fun and frivolous things and entertainment.
This whole "budget" thing is relatively new to me - it's something I never really cared much about, to be honest. I would get paid, cover the bills, save some for retirement, and piss the rest away in the wind.
The bulk of my cash flow was being spent on things that I ultimately didn't NEED. I don't need to go out to eat as often as I do, I have enough hair care to last probably 4-6 months, nail polish to last a decade, and more make-up than most women would use in their whole lives.
After a month of abiding to my allowance, I declared a NO BUY JULY........and I did it!
I went the whole month of July without buying any hair care, nail polish, or make-up that was outside of my weekly spending allowance. And dinner/movie dates were kept to a minimum, too! The two beauty products I bought in July were within my weekly budget.
I avoided Shoppers Drug Mart altogether. Like, I didn't go there even once. This is a RECORD for me!
I would look at my emails from Sephora, and then delete them.
I didn't place a single order on Amazon.
I didn't buy any presents or special treats for anyone.
I emptied some bottles of product and had back-ups on hand in my surplus of excess shit. I also cleared out some overstock of Younique, donated some stuff to a local shelter, and I STILL have plenty leftover to last me for quite a while.
We started a major de-clutter at our house - some donated, some sold. More to come!
And I managed to save a few more shekels to add to my piggy bank, maybe I'll splurge a little in New Orleans...maybe I won't. But I have spending money saved and ready to use, and a budget for each day.
WHO AM I?!?! This whole thing was oddly satisfying. Is this how savers feel all the time? Organized, budget conscious people? Minimalists? (I am hardly a minimalist, I know)
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