this month hasn't been nearly as good on my finances as last month, and it's only the 18th. i haven't gone too crazy, but i have purchased things i probably didn't need. not at all in line with my spending frost. perhaps it's the warmer weather? being out of the house more?
let's see, what have i bought unnecessarily this month - apartment cleaning service but i should probably just factor this into my monthly/bi-monthly budget, it's so worth it, 2 different books which strange for me, because i previously only owned 1. i'm a library girl but 1 was a vegas guidebook john wanted and 1 was a book i read via free ebook format and decided i needed to own, quest bars because i dunno they make breakfast easier what can i say, a couple of beers on st. patrick's day, a new brita water bottle, pizza on my diet cheat day, and an order of groceries on instacart. (and a birthday lunch and a birthday dinner for two friends but that was totally necessary. i love them and they did it for me in november.)
i think we're all surprised to see candles missing from that list. i'm holding strong, for now. but the b&bw lilac is desperately calling my name and i think i might cave soon, like in the next week, because we used to have a lilac shrub in our backyard so it reminds me of childhood and springtime. and the blooming of the lilac tree was the sign for us to go to the greenhouse and pick out flowers to plant. i always picked lamb's ears, because they're soft, fuzzy, and easy to care for and whatever, regular flowers bring bees and bugs. and i was a weird kid anyway. if a candle can bring back all those memories, i'd say it's $12 well spent.
seems that my spending triggers are related to convenience and things to make my life more pleasant. convenience because i clearly don't want to cook breakfast (or pizza) or clean my apartment, or shop for a huge order of groceries myself. and pleasant because hey, beer is fun. and so is filtered water, books you want to re-read, and candles. i think everything on the list is related to life being busy and slightly stressful right now. work has been insane this year - i don't think i've stopped since coming back from new year's. when i'm not at work, i'm house hunting with john or attending events i couldn't come up with an excuse to get out of. so online shopping relaxes me and i can avoid cleaning and grocery shopping too. the wonders of the internet.
if only there were a way to relax without spending money. and also without giving up convenience. i'm still finding my happy medium.
there's some plus sides though. (a) it is still way way way less spending than i spent during months prior to the spending freeze. i haven't taken any cabs and i bring my lunch every day. and (b) i have not broken down and bought any clothes, which i see as a huge success. i love online window shopping and have an extensive wishlist going at modern vintage boutique. i mean, right?
but, no clothes shopping until i get to my goal weight, which is the next goal i'm tackling on my 101 in 1001 list (just 1 year to go!) also, i just lost 26 lbs in 1.5 months without working out so this goal isn't particularly difficult for me - i'm just lazy and i really, really, more than any normal person, love nachos. regardless, it's pretty motivating, having lost the weight that quickly, to not clothes shop just yet.
but i'm coming for you soon, modern vintage boutique. please don't sell out of that shirt yet. (not a sponsored post, i just think their stuff is adorable and my usual loft is totally disappointing lately, right?)
alright, back on the wagon. i don't want to have an embarrassingly extra long 'spending recap in march' post for you in 2 weeks.