I feel like I’ve been spending so much money lately that I thought it was time to reign that back in. I want to be more purposeful with my spending, to anticipate and plan my purchases instead of reacting to wants and things on sale. This has partly been inspired by my road to minimalism. I’m also going to start keeping track of my purchases again because I find it interesting to see exactly what my ‘I don’t know where all my money has gone’ money is being spent on.
So these are my intentional purchases for this month.
- 2 birthday presents – $20 for the first and $50 for the second as it’s a 30th.
- Dinner and drinks out for the first mentioned birthday – $100
- Half of my eye brow appointment that I already have booked in – $320
- An outdoor dog bed as the bed now is riddled with bugs and has been destroyed – up to $100
- Dinner, drinks and parking before a concert – $100
- Nibbles and food for my birthday – up to $200
I’ve also added a list of additional purchases. They’re purchases that don’t need to be made in a certain month – they’re more for when I’m looking for something but can’t really find exactly what I’m after so I want to keep an eye out for them.
This is my list of additional purchases.
- Black loafers/shoes for work – up to $150
- A new water bottle that tallies how many bottles have been drunk, is BPA free and made of glass – $50
- Single serve bowls that can be microwaved x 4 – up to $50
All those purchases add up to pretty much all my spending money for the month so I’ll need to re-jig groceries as my fiance and I tend to eat expensive even at home. Or, he can pay for it all which to me is a much better system. It’ll also mean no impromptu dinners out, unless fiance is paying and no ‘just cuz’ purchases. To tell the truth even my ‘just cuz’ purchases get forgotten about. I have magazines that I’ve purchased every month this year that I still haven’t read. I have new books that I haven’t even started, I have new nail polishes even though I don’t really paint my nails anymore so it seems that I’m just spending money for the sake of it rather than because I really needed it or thought deeply about it.
I’m hoping that this will help me really think about what I’m purchasing and why I’m purchasing something. Do I really need it or do I simply want it?