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Eight Months of Less: March Update

March 19, 2018

What’s up my fellow money savers! In case you didn’t read this post, I’ve decided to do an eight-month shopping ban in order to save money and pay off debt. If you still need a New Year’s Resolution or need something to give up for lent, I suggest giving up shopping.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve walked into Ulta or Sephora and spend hundreds on makeup that I already owned – because red lipstick can only come in so many shades. Let me not even mention — but totally mention — the hours spent online shopping. I recently mentally terrorize myself over bathing suits at Target. I placed a top in my cart, walked around the store, felt guilty, and put it back on the sales rack. Why? Because I have 20, 000 bathing suits at home and I don’t need another one. It has been a challenge, but I’ve seen the fruit of these efforts.

Since my last update, I’ve replaced a pair of broken shoes and have successfully kept away from cosmetics and clothes altogether. In my previous post, I claimed that I have one credit card to pay off, but in actuality I have two. I paid half of one credit card this month, which left me a bit financially constrained but I’m managing. I’m striving to be more mindful of my grocery shopping, since I tend to spend more on vegan products. Daiya cheese, why you gotta be so expensive? I’ve also watch too much of Guy’s Grocery Games and wonder how far I can stretch $20 at the supermarket. Future challenge? I think so!

In regards to minimalism, my novio is on board and donated three pairs of sneakers and a giant bag of clothes! I’ll be going through a clothing purge once more to finish off March Donation Days (yea, I just invented that). Speaking of donations, my coworker and I recently donated to a local food pantry. Coordination for this donation was managed by your’s truly, but I was overwhelmed with emotion when everyone eagerly pitch in for a great cause.

You’ll notice on my list below that I have added a ukulele. Unfortunately, my soprano ukulele is on its last leg — it was a starter ukulele  — and it’s now time for an upgrade. I currently have a mahogany baritone ukulele that my boyfriend gifted and would like to have the entire ukulele set, including the super kawaii pineapple ukulele. However, we’ll see in the end which one I decided to buy. Higher quality ukuleles are a pretty penny.

Below, I have my essentials, non-essentials, and approved shopping list:

List of Essentials:

  • Toiletries (replenish only)
  • Cosmetics (replenish only)
  • Groceries
  • Gas
  • Date Jar contribution (I chip in for dates too)
  • Gifts
  • Pet-related items including grooming

List of Non-Essentials

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Cosmetics (for the hell of it)
  • Geekery
  • Comemierderia

Approved shopping list

  • Bridesmaid dress for my best friend Amy’s wedding
  • Desk chair
  • Ukulele (new addition; replacement)
  • Repair heels (new addition!)

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