|June will be my Most Extreme (non-elimination) Challenge!|
First, though, I want to report that my rule about buying ingredients, not pre-made things, has been working out quite well so far. I made macaroons! They have oats and coconut in them and are way better than chocolate bars any day. I have also not been tempted by chocolate bars which proves, I think, that when I cold turkey on a rule for long enough, it turns into habit and is not so hard to follow.
|I ate my macaroons before I could take a picture. But they looked pretty much like this. But better.|
Anyway, for a variety of reasons (*cough* MAC Surf, Baby makeup collection combined with EBates giving money back on purchases from Sephora and Avon *cough*) I need to cut down on my makeup/unnecessary purchasing. This also means that I am going to put Project 10 Pan at a higher priority.
|Oh, MAC. How you seduced me with your "Beach Girl" cheek powder in its pretty white compact.|
So: June will be NECESSARY EXPENSES ONLY month. June will also be NO ONLINE PURCHASING month.
And no wiggle room with the word "necessary." Toilet paper? Necessary, if I am down to my last roll. Eyeshadow in a colour I don't already own? Not necessary. Eggs, if I am of eggs? Necessary. Croissants, because they look nice and buttery? Not necessary.
|See, there's still some paper there so buying new TP would not be necessary. Yet.|
Have I told you guys about the first time I possessed $1000? It was the summer when I was 17, and earning money through babysitting and being lunch monitor at a summer theatre camp. How did I save up that much money? By avoiding all stores. Not even looking at store windows. It felt great to see that I had $1000 - however, once the summer ended and I had that much money, I went back to stores and was like, "Ahhh! Military print came back while I was away from stores? Boat necklines are in again? I LOVE THESE HATS!" and I quickly spent it all.
|"STRIPEY SHIRTS ARE BACK IN FASHION? I WILL NEVER AVOID STORES AGAIN EVER! AHHHH!"|
So, while avoiding purchasing altogether may temporarily save me some money - in the same way that starving oneself makes one lose weight - this is not a solution that will work for very long. So my June challenges are a way to try and get myself used to spending less, without starving myself.