This January, I embarked on a Shopping Ban and allowed myself 3 exceptions. To read more about my shopping ban, please refer to this post, and this post. I will write a separate post on my first month of shopping ban, but for now, let’s move on to my spending re-cap.
This month was a quasi expensive month. It was BF’s birthday, I bought some gifts and some misc. items came up.
Here’s where the money went:
Clothes: I committed the first mistake of being on a shopping ban: venturing into a mall. I went to the mall to exchange the long down jacket for a size to fit my mom, since I decided not to keep it for myself. While doing so, I also found a pair of flat leather boots for myself, a nice bra, and a belt (for only $8!). I know, I slapped my own wrists when I got home, but a pair of flat boots was something I allowed myself. And I have really wanted a nice bra since… forever. 🙂 In February, there should be$0 under this category!
Gifts: Mostly a mish mash of birthday and Valentine’s gift, and cards for BF. I also send a bouquet of Edible Arrangements to the nice lady who found my cell phone in a random parking lot, and let me know. Aren’t nice people awesome?
Toiletries/Grooming: I found out if I pay cash at my stylist, they don’t charge me tax! My haircuts are usually $60 before tax.
Here is my net worth:
Overall, I am very pleased with this month’s outcome. I came pretty close to my January budget (though not my $1,000 budget), if I only I hadn’t gone over my clothing!
My goal for February is to have my taxes completed. I hope to be getting a tax return, and want to send my return in before the rush so that I get my money in my bank account as soon as possible.
How was your spending in January? Did you meet your budget and goals?