My $25 Monthly Budget : November 2015
As you know by now Greg and I have a passion for money and budgeting especially as young twenty somethings. I want to help others learn the value of saving and spending wisely in order to stay out of debt and build a future.
One way Greg and I are doing that right now is staying on a strict budget in order to live way within our means and save for a house. Part of that budget is that we each have $25 to spend a month on ourselves. He gets $25, I get $25.
What this means is anything that would be a want you spend that $25 on. For myself, that means usually clothes, makeup, or maybe a book once in awhile. For the last year it has almost all been spent primarily on clothes.
However, since I have been getting rid of a ton of clothes I have been trying not to buy as much as well. Instead my monthly budget has been filled with other things, which is nice for a change.
Anyways, let me break this month’s purchases down to you and how I get away with (and am satisfied) with only spending $25 total.
I will say, for the sake of being 100% transparent, that I don't figure out tax exactly for multiple reasons. Sometimes I buy the item with other items and I'm too lazy to figure out the exact tax for just my item. Other times I want another $1 item and if I count tax on another product I technically can't get it. (Like I said, 100% honesty) But I can tell you I never round down on my purchases, for instance if something is $2.69 I usually say it was $3 taking tax overall into consideration. It's my own system that works and I know to never actually go over the $25 amount by more than a dollar or so in tax. I don't know if that made sense, but I at least wanted to mention it. :)
My $25 Monthly Budget : November 2015
So I might have a slight obsession/collection of journals. The catch? I don't write in them. Up until I started this blog I never wrote consistently in any journal. But I loved them! Seriously! I never get sick of looking at them, and I never get sick of giving them as gifts. So if anyone is thinking of getting me something, a journal is always a good idea.
This particular one I picked up was only $2. I was picking out treats for a friend of mine (who also shares this love of journals) so when I saw it was only two bucks I picked it up for her and I both. Too cheap not to and obviously pretty cute too.
THE Chairs:: $8
Walking around Goodwill with my sister I spotted these bad boys and thought, those are cute, those are really cute. Then proceeded to stay there, arm holding on to one of the chair legs looking at them for a good ten minutes deciding if I *should* buy them. (You see I've kind of silently told myself to not buy for a house I'm not even close to owning yet. Simply because I don't know what said house will look like and I don't want to waste money just dreaming.)
But I pictured too many perfect scenarios with the chairs, the colors were colors I wanted in my next home, and they were in too good of condition to not, plus, the price! So I called my sister who had wandered to another isle and said, "Bring the cart, I'm getting the chairs."
My questionable decision was confirmed when after walking around a little bit with them in my cart three, three, people stopped me to comment on how great the chairs were and how I had "a great retro find". One woman went as far as to make sure I wasn't going to recover them. Which of course I assured her I wasn't!
Make up:: $4
I went out looking for a good eye shadow palette as I just learned how to actually wear eye shadow (not kidding) and my three year old palette was running out. I ended up stumbling across a little deal when I went shopping where they were having a 40% off sale of all wet n' wild products.
Now I'm well aware that wet n' wild is the cheap brand for makeup. But what can I say, they have a type of lipstick that is always the best for me, and all their other products I buy (lip liner, eye shadow, mascara) have always been good to me, even better than any of the elf products I've bought.
So when I saw that 40% off I knew I'd be able to buy much more than eye shadow. I came away with a replacement eye shadow, a new mascara because I had been running out, and a new lipstick color to try which turned out to be a little more pink than I had wanted. I ended up giving it to a friend but for $.59 it really isn't a waste!
A Beautiful Black Floppy Hat:: $10
I've been looking for this hat for months. Everyone has been looking so cute in these for fall and winter and I was determined to find one to fit my big head and small budget! I'd look around and even went as far as to go to the exact store someone had said they got theirs and essentially copy them!
But alas! I came up empty handed each time! Then I found one at Old Navy I had liked but it was $20 and I wasn't about to blow my whole monthly budget on a hat. So when black Friday rolled around and my friend and I wanted to peruse some sales later in the day (because heck no to crazies, am I right?) Old Navy was having a 50% off the entire store sale. So you bet your bottom dollar I went looking for that hat!
Imagine my pure delight when there was one left, size large which fit oh so comfortably and it was half off! $10 baby! Exactly what was left in my budget for the month! I mean can I get an amen or what? I was so excited I wore it to get our Christmas tree, aka, Christmas card picture taking time. :)
Well November is over and December is quickly taking us to the new year! I'm excited and a little terrified. 2015 was a big year with a whole lot of changes and trusting God so I have a feeling we are not done with that yet!
I hope December treats you all well and that your bank account doesn't deplete itself before the new year!
Psst! Read December & January's $25 Budget Review here!
November 2018 Update: I took a year off of this budget amount (What I Learned From A Year of Minimal Shopping) when we went to Our Very Minimal Budget (Under $1300). But as of September 2017 it was reinstated and you can find the rest of My $25 Budget posts here.