One of the hardest things I’ve had to do in the past few years of my working life is manage a budget. What with student loans and the possibility of moving into my own place, there is a lot to save for. That being said, I’m one of those people who can’t help doing what you’re not supposed to do. Once I put a limit on myself I instantly want to surpass it just to stick it to the Man—I always end up weeping internally after that. True to form, I’ve decided to start writing down a budget for myself and giving myself some guidelines of what to spend and also what is worth spending on.
Don’t we all want that new designer bag or the feeling of fresh, never worn shoes on our feet? Yes, and that is why I’m unwilling to cut those out when it comes to my long term spending goals. But I have begun thinking about ways to stop spending when I absolutely don’t need to.
DO NOT LEAVE THE BUILDING // If I don’t leave my office building for a quick stroll around the mall then I’m not tempted to buy anything. And with the winter slowly dawning upon us, I will be less willing to leave the comforts of a heated building.
PACK LUNCH // The biggest way I spend money is by buying my lunch out. It’s hard to resist a nice, warm meal on a cold day, but resistance is key!
HOMEMADE // As mentioned previously, I have begun making my own jewelry. So far I only have two pieces, but one necklace/bracelet can be worn 4 different ways, which gives me a lot of diversity.
LOOK AROUND // I’m notorious for completely ignoring the overflowing box of nail polishes in my room, only to go out and buy more. I have multiple nude shades that can definitely be the same colour in certain lighting. That can also be said for purses…and shoes…and mascaras.
How do you budget?