As many of you may know I’m a bit of a financial nerd. I love playing with spreadsheets, planning out budgets, and saving for a rainy day. In general, it’s hard for me and my money to separate for anything but the essentials. Until now…
I’ve been on a buying blitz the past couple of months. It all started when my main gay and I decided that we’re going to get hot this year. (Yes. In our world “hot” is an actual decision.) He was appalled that I haven’t bought cute clothes for myself, carried a questionable purse, and wear NO makeup. He’s known me since I was 17. While I’ve never been a super makeup/clothing aficionado, I did always look pulled together and like I cared. Over the past few years not so much.
So what does this do? Prompt me to buy, buy, buy!
While most of what I buy is well within my budget I really, really need to reign it in. Also, my grocery bills are OUTRAGEOUS. I need to shop a bit smarter.
Now, you’re probably wondering what type of ridiculousness I’ve bought. Here’s a partial list:
- Christi Harris Eyebrow Planing System – If this works, I’ll review it. My eyebrows are horrendous. I bought laser hair removal but decided to use that elsewhere.
- Overpriced Designer Jeans
- Tons of shirts/tanks/tops.
- New limited edition Bobbi Brown makeup
And the list goes on. The cool thing is that people have noticed that I’m taking better care of my appearance. The bad thing? Ouch! My bank account hurts.
After pouring over Quickbooks, a spreadsheet, and my credit card statements it’s become apparent that I don’t need to buy anything but the necessities for a while. How long? I’m not sure. For the foreseeable future, I’m stopping shopping*. Otherwise, I am not going to be able to go on vacation.
You know what’s better than cute eyebrows? EUROPE, bitches! (Deets coming soon.)
With that, here’s to my spending freeze/actually paying attention to what I buy at the grocery store again!
Coming up: A 5k this weekend. I am in no way ready for this race. Oh well. Onward!
* Note – “Shopping” does not include paying for trips, etc. I mean no makeup, clothes, beauty products, clothes for Gio, etc. Yeah. Gio got a makeover, too.