January 2010 Budget Recap

*NOTE:  This budget is for shopping/food/gas only, or expense that I can control fully.  I’m not including fixed expenses (rent, utilities, medical bills) because they’re fixed and honestly pretty boring to talk about.  My TOTAL spending is not reflected in this budget *

Blown Budgets:

1.  Shoes and Accessories

Woo!  I only have 1 category I overspent in this month.  What a great start to the new year.  :)

Overall budget:

+$204

The Verdict?

Superb.  I havn’t bought any clothing.  Zip.  Zilch.  And surprisingly, I have window shopped a couple times at the thrift store and at Target, and nothing caught my eye.  I have a $20something giftcard for Forever 21 and a $20 Nordstrom note so perhaps if I cave next month I’ll be okay.

Other than buying boots from Nordstrom Rack, I bought $30 worth of Pop Beauty eyeshadows from the Editor’s Closet sample sale site and a $23 Etsy print to frame at a later date.

Next months plans?

  • A cute little townhouse now has my name on it!  It’s pending and not available via MLS anymore but we’re still waiting on the bank to get back to us.  My lease ends in March so I’m contemplating whether or not to extend my lease a few months to wait for this house.
  • January was fabulous for my budget, so February will also be a NO-CLOTHES-SHOPPING month!  I’m confident that I can pull this off again.  Being picky is the best way to stay on track. :)

-E&I