Color me a moron this month! I just realized the scarf I had been including in my $75 monthly allowance for January was technically purchased on 12/31. How did this fact go unnoticed by me for an entire month? My memory failed me! And after all that lamenting to Amanda for 31 painful days. I only have $4 left, is what I kept whining (and my calculations were wrong again, I gypped myself of a buck).
**Across America, all of Erin’s former math teachers wept in unison.**
I’m going to take this major misstep as a blessing in disguise. I’m not re-calculating and adding in an extra $40 for February. My calculating days are over. Apparently, I’ll need the assistance of a spreadsheet next time. And a math tutor.
Anyway, this new budget idea that Amanda and I have claimed for ourselves in 2014 is a lot harder than I anticipated. I think $75 can go a long way if you’re selective and not in the throws of winter weather. I want boots and coats and chunky knits! These things are pricey. So instead, I settled on a warm and classic tartan scarf from Lord & Taylor, mayjahly cute booties from Sam Edelman (been on my list for a long, long time) and a new workout hoodie from TJ Maxx.
If you missed our budget talks, here’s a recap:
- Each month we fill our fashion banks with $75 for clothing, shoes, accessories, etc.
- Non-essential makeup must be calculated within the $75 (i.e. nail polish, extra lip glosses, new eye shadows)
- Any amount leftover gets rolled over to the next month
We’re really committed to strict monthly budgeting and hope you’ll cheer us on with your own personal budget woes and wonders!