Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Budget is Blown...

I was going to start this post talking about how expensive June is, but then I decided to keep it real and just say that I've been spending a lot of money because I feel like it.

I bought plane tickets for Chicago in August and Alaska in July: $700
I got my hair cut and colored: $105
I took four kids out to dinner who won an essay contest in my class: $55
I got my TA a graduation gift, which he totally deserves because he's a great TA: $20
I went to the Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale. Got some necessities and some not so necessities: $125
BF really wants to go to the beer dinner at our favorite brewery. He might be paying for it, or we might split it, I'm not sure. But that will be $50 each.

Things have gotten a little crazy.

Now, some of this really was budgeted for. My hair appointment, for example. And I had about $425 left over after my budgeted items, which was to be used for plane tickets. But jeez-louise, I've spent a lot of money this month.

And to be completely honest, I can feel the old me in there whispering, "Just go crazy. You already overspent. Go buy that new pair of shoes you've been wanting. Go to Victoria's Secret again and buy some more stuff on sale. See what they have a Nordstrom Rack."

Shut up little voice. Shut up.

I'm going to do what I need to do. I'm not going to buy any more stuff, and I may take back one of the $30 items to VS. (Or I may not. I haven't decided yet.) I'm going to pull around $275 from my savings to cover the purchases and then replace the amount when I get paid in July. But, it's interesting how it still feels really appealing to just blow the budget and buy whatever I want. I thought I was sort of past that now, and apparently I'm not.


  1. Ahhh, I feel this way all the time. For me, it's because I know I'm a natural spender, and sometimes controlling all my spendy impulses all the time just gets to be too much and I go a little nuts. That's how I felt when I was in Cincinnati two weeks ago - I just got sick of trying not to spend, so I went sort of spend crazy.

    The important thing is not to go back into debt, and re-adjust. I'm back to normal now, and soon you will be too!

  2. You know it is the end of the term. You don't have a lot of debt. You are working hard to be financially smart. So you relax a little. As long as you are not debting go ahead. All work and no play makes Jane wear ugly shoes!

  3. Leave the cards at home! It's so hard, but make a new challenge for yourself. "How much can I save before the end of June?" Forget the past. Start now!

  4. oh man, i'm right there with you. Have totally overspent this month. Saturday, we went out with friends and just went CRAZY. But it was so worth it. We're actually still in line with our budget, but I think we have like $100 left, and we're going out of town this weekend, so yeahhhh...