You guys, I survived my first month into this whole Minimalism and Budgeting plan and IT.WAS.NOT.EASY. Did you miss my posts on Budgeting and Minimalism? You might want to go back and read those so you get a sense of what my goals are for this new year! Honestly, even though it wasn’t easy, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Sure there were temptations, but overall I’m pretty happy with the results for the first month. Let’s take a look back and see where I succeed and where I need to improve still.
I worked my butt off in my kitchen this past month. I cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners. We ate out occasionally, BUT NOTHING like we used to. So I calculated our spending for food and this is what it looks like:
Total Spent: $605.00
Groceries: About $108.00 each week
Restaurants/Fast Food: About $43.00 a week
I’m actually really happy with that because I tried to be more aware of what I was putting into my cart at the grocery store and we ate at home a lot more than we used to. Thank goodness for Pinterest! For the restaurants/fast food, it looks like we ate out about once a week. I can’t complain with that at all! Could I do better, yes! Do I need to, no!
Ok so I did go to Starbucks, but I didn’t use any of my cash! I had gift cards from Christmas, so if I went to Starbucks I used those! So I spent ZERO money on Starbucks in January! As far as alcohol, Rob got some beer, but he had a gift card as well and I think he only spent like $4.00 out of pocket. We did great with the drink category in January!
Cutting Back On Things We Don’t Use/Need:
In January I went through my Beauty Closet and my Clothing and I donated to Hope House, a local charity. I also went through my books and I’m going to donate an entire huge container of books I no longer need. I used to keep every single book that I read, but honestly, I just kept my favorites. Everything else is going to be a book someone else can enjoy!
I also got rid of my old iPhone 6 that was just sitting around! I sold it on Ebay and made $250.00! I’m also planning on having a gently used makeup/skincare/purse sale on Instagram soon! I’m all about getting rid of things that are just sitting around that I don’t use! I’d much rather someone else be able to enjoy them!
I can still improve on this I’m sure and I’m still learning to not be so emotionally tied to an object.
Y’all I did so good with the budget when it came to purchases for January. So good that I was shocked myself when I looked at my transactions! I only purchased items that we really needed. No more Target Dollar Spot trips (I browsed but quickly walked away) or random Sephora purchases. I stopped looking at emails from stores and I didn’t go to the mall to browse while I was bored. That helped so much. This is what I did buy:
- Makeup at Sephora (I spent no money at all on this because I had an exchange and used a gift card to pay for the remainder of the balance) I bought a new foundation, primer and bronzer. All of which I needed!
- Ulta Online Order I purchased FAB Ultra Repair Cream for Rob because they were on sale for $10.00 and he uses it every single day and I replaced a curling iron I had because I needed a larger one. I used $35.00 worth of points, so my out of pocket costs were around $19.00.
- Book I really wanted to read The Nightingale and it was $9.99, plus I had a coupon!
- Birthday Gifts for my Nieces and my Father-In-Law
That right there is a miracle! I used to be the worst at making random, non-needed purchases. I’m really trying hard to work on where my money is going and what I’m spending it on! It’s not easy and I’m tempted every single day, but I figure even small changes have to help in the long run!
So if you were working on a new budget or you’re trying to de-clutter your life/home with random “stuff” that you no long feel that you need, let me know what you think worked and/or didn’t work for you! I’d love to know all of your tips! I’ll keep updating you monthly on my status. I don’t see this as something I plan on stopping anytime soon!