2/8/12

$50 a month shopping budget challenge: Getting past the first month and $0.68 under budget!


Well, I've made it past the first month of my $50 a month shopping budget challenge, and only spent $49.32! $0.68 under budget!  Yay!  I must admit, putting myself on this tight budget has really been hard, and I thought I was going to cave and go back to my regular spending, but I think I did good.  I really need to break myself out of the "I see, I buy" habit, because there's been a LOT of things that I saw and liked, but had to control myself and walk away.

As you can see, I bought mostly accessories and shoes last month (see posts here, here, and here), and with my last few bucks, I took advantage of CVS' 75% off Milani cosmetics clearance sale a couple of weeks ago (a tube of lipstick and an eyeshadow single for less than $3, woo hoo!). This month, I'm going to concentrate on adding more pieces to  my wardrobe- mainly for work.  Also, I haven't been thrifting in a couple of months.  I've either been too tired or didn't have the time to go, but this month, I'm going to drag my butt out of the house and go.  Let's see if I can stay within my budget this month.



Did you join the challenge?  Did you stay within budget last month or did you overspend?



5 comments:

Miss Rockwell said...

You did great girl. I really commend you because $50/month is like speaking Spanish to me. I'm going to go through my purchases though to see how far off I am from $50. Maybe I can start off with a budget of $100/month.

Addy said...

Congrats on making it! Doesn't it feel great to know that you didn't go over your budget? When I was working (I am going back to school so I don't have a job...:o(...) I made a clothing budget. For the most part, I didn't go over. It felt great that I was able to apply self-control (Its really hard). But it really made me picky about the kinds of things I bought. I forced myself to really scrutinize what I bought and wore. It help me streamline my wardrobe. I also realized that I had too many things I bought and never wore and that I spent too much time shopping. lol. Keep up the great work!

Niki Cheapskate said...

thanks, ladies!

Glitz Glam Budget said...

Wow congrats girly! It is so hard to limit to only $50, my "issue" is when i see a good deal, i can't pass it up....I guess its more of a self control issue LOL. I am going to try this month, i've been good so far!

Budget Chic said...

You are doing better than me. I would love to be able to stay under $50 but I always mess up. Always! Only way to stay at $50 is to go in one store one weekend and stay out of the stores the rest of the month! Hate that I missed out on Milani clearance!

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