Frugality…

pigLet’s just face it… I suck at being frugal. I do really really great, then things come up, like important things(summertime pedicures) and such, and I just HAVE to spend money.

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I decided to start couponing. That lasted one whole trip. I saved $36 and spent $120… not my best shopping trip, not my worst. I also decided to make my own bath salts and scrubs instead of splurging on them at the store. I can make them much much cheaper that I can buy them, still, here I am with no sugar scrub simply because I ran out and have not made any. I even have the stuff! Sheesh, someone should tell this girl she is L-A-Z-Y she aint got no alibi she LAZY!

lazySo here is my conclusion to my attempt at being frugal. I suck at it. I work, I clean, I cook, I help at church, I do a lot of things, and making a ton of changes all at once isn’t my forte. I am looking at making a major change later in the year where I will hopefully have more time to make more changes to help save more money so I can go get that pedicure without cringing at prices 😉 …. I will not give up my summer pedicures… Winter doesn’t matter, they are covered up anyways!

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A Budget Savvy Sister??? Maybe…

It has been quite a while since I posted last, and for a lot of reasons. There have been terrible storms in Oklahoma the last two weeks and it almost felt insane to post things about my day, which is never really as bad as I think it is, or my latest shopping adventure. It is a sad time, but I know God will push us all through this time and Oklahoma will be whole again. All we can do is continue to pray for those effected by the storms, flooding, and tornadoes. The other reasons are personal, but to sum it up, I havent felt like it. Cut and dry.

My boyfriend and I have discussed our spending habits lately, and decided to start individual budgets. I have no doubt in my mind that he will be able to conquer and overcome this new venture… He is a strong-willed man who has no problem reaching his goals. Me on the other hand, my strong wills are more like, “I strongly believe that this necklace goes perfectly with my new dress! It isn’t in the budget, but its ok.” Believe it or not there is no category for “I want it so bad I MUST have it”….. I may need to revise my budget.

Along with cutting back on impulse shopping, I have also had to find other ways to spoil myself. Manicures are one of my favorite things! Luckily, I read on a friends post that there are new press on nails! They are called imPRESS. AMAZING! no glue, just peel off the back and they stick. But they really stick! I wore mine for over a week, and at $5 a pop you can afford to change them out a couple times a month. The only reason I took them off was because I was carelessly working with Acetone and had no choice. Check out dressesforjulie. This particular link is where she talks about the nails. She has an interesting way of writing that always seems to make my day a little brighter.

My budget includes utilities, car payment, and that’s about it… I’m not sure how I have made it this long on so little. I am a paycheck to paycheck person, and I hate it, but it works. Somehow. So I am trying to figure out where all of my money goes. I know that Starbucks will miss me, along with online shopping, and those cute little boutiques where I find the most unnecessary items.

Anyways, I am going to try to post a little more often, and at least have a little tid bit of how my budgeting is going, maybe cheaper ways I have found to do things. Hopefully I can get on track with it and really be a budget savvy sister instead of just a savvy sister… We will see.