Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Spending Freeze: January 2014 Half Way Point

Happy Hump Day!

Since it's January 15th I thought I'd let you know (and keep myself accountable/up to speed) with how I'm doing with this challenge.

DIY Project Vanity - $75 ($20)
$55 spent so far but haven't finished so may need to spend more.

Dining with Friends - $30 ($10.75)
$2.14 - I bought two sodas for $2 at the gas station since I needed some caffeine. It was either this or a $4 drink at Starbucks. I think I chose well.
$2.09 - met a friend at Starbucks to work on design stuff and talk. This was half the price and so many less calories than my normal drink.
$11 - lunch with same friend since we hung out longer.
$4.02 - Starbucks drink with a different friend to hang out with our laptops.
- Apparently I have a thing for meeting with friends and spending little bits of money!

Line Dancing - $10 ($10)
Didn't go when planned, so this is staying put and I don't think we'll end up going.

Reading - $10 (-$2.45)
I've bought Qty:5 $0.99 cent books from Amazon and then I also bought a used book for $7.50. However, I've already learned my lesson. After I bought the used book for half the price of a new one, I found out the library had it for FREE. If I would have just waited TWO freaking days I could have saved that money!! In case you were wondering, I bought the used book because the digital was about $6 and you know how I feel about that!

Eating out once a week - $50 ($36.35)
$.60 - I needed some caffeine at work and didn't want the free coffee.
$4.02 - coffee for an early morning at work.
$9.03 - lunch out. I still stuck to my one per week!
This should also leave room for one coffee a week and the occasional oops I forgot my lunch in the fridge at home. That really does happen, and since I'll also be watching my waistline I don't need to be eating out.

Mani-Pedi - $60 ($15)
$45 - I went with a friend to a different place that I haven't gone before but OMG they gave the best leg massages so I think it was definitely worth it. I may have to do my own nails once this month to make up for it!

I've kind of figured if I can stay within the $235 for the whole month I'll call it a win. Some of you were helpful when I told Facebook I forgot to include my mother's Pampered Chef party where we committed to going halfsies to get my sister the Magic Pot for her birthday. So I'm hoping to have enough left at the end of the month to do that.

With that in mind. I have $92.10 left to spend for the month. Minus the $2.45 I went over for books, it's $89.65.

Are you participating in the challenge? How are you doing for the month?


  1. I am doing well so far, I have only broken down twice and it was to donate money. I did make up for it in my grocery money so it was a wash. :)

  2. I'm not doing so well. I had to buy lunch today because I thought work was treating so didn't bring. Oops!


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