Just kidding. I'm not actually a big shopper.
Yep. I won.
The budget hasn't been nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Having a goal in mind is really helpful, that way it's not like I just have a bunch of money sitting in the bank waiting for a rainy day. And by the way, I don't understand that expression. On rainy days the LAST thing I want to do is shop, especially now that my county has gotten rid of plastic bags and now if you need a bag you'd better hope you brought a reusable one from home or be prepare to shell out 10 cents for each paper bag you think you'll need. And paper bags don't even hold up in the rain. They totally break. So on a rainy day the last thing I want to do is go out and spend money. I'll sit at home in my pajamas without a bra and watch Netflix and browse the internet, thanks a lot. Except then there's online shopping so I guess this whole paragraph is moot but that's not unusual for me and now I'm just typing to see what else comes out what the hell is that bandaid on Walt's nose even doing? It just doesn't seem helpful.
So, what have I learned?
- I spend just because I can. When I know I have money I really want to spend it, and I'll spend it on things I don't even need, which is why I have 17 journals that only have 5 pages of writing on them.
- Buying coffee at Starbucks is really unnecessary (for me). I haven't missed my morning Starbucks or donut coffee at all. I'm allowing myself to buy coffee on weekends though, which has been fine.
- How to say no. I went into Victoria's Secret and they were having a sale...$30 for ANY FLEECE ITEM. I love VS sweat pants, and I have one pair that I've been wearing for about 3 years and my brain was like Juliette, it's such a good deal you should totally buy some new sweat pants! But then I was like Hey brain, if I hadn't walked in here I wouldn't even know about the sweats and I never even though about needing them until I saw them so guess what you're bad for my budget and I'm shutting you out right now. And then I went and got some bubblegum ice cream.
So, there you go. I'm 17 days into my budget month and it's going way better than I thought it would. It helps that I've been really vocal about my budget so everyone knows that I'm trying to save, and no one has tried to get me to spend more money than I want to. And a bonus, by not drinking as much soda or alcohol or donuts I've been feeling way healthier and my pants are fitting better! SCORE.
I know budgeting is really easy for a lot of people and it just seems like common sense, but it's a real struggle for me. It's actually a deeper issue that has more to do with self control, and being conscious of my budget has helped me in that area. Last time I wrote about my budget you all were so sweet with your encouragement and words of wisdom, and I just want to say thank you for that! Writing it all down and putting it on the internet made it easier for me to stick to my budget because I knew I'd be writing about my process here and I didn't want to come back and have to write, yeah...I sucked and didn't budget but I don't care because YOLO! So thanks for reading, commenting, and giving me a space to write the longest run on sentences ever.