Free February is an initiative which follows my attempts to not spend any money online, every damn month. This coming month, I am going to accept the challenge and report back here to make sure I can curb the spending. On top of just ‘online’ shopping which does cover the bulk of my spending, I will be cutting out any impulse purchases. So if I see something I want, I will write it in a list on my phone and then re-visit it when I get home that night or at the end of the week in an effort to take the time to consider where my money is going.
I work a full time job, and get paid the same amount every week but the budgeting hasn’t been simple, so this is my big attempt to make everything I earn count. M and I are in the process of saving for a house deposit, and the area we live is a rather expensive one (for being a country town).
So for this month, I’m going to break it down into three parts.
- No online spending for myself, this is a strict rule!! No PDF purchases *weeps*, no fabric *sobbing*, no clothing sales which I decide I couldn’t make for less than I could buy. Na-da!
- As mentioned previously, I will be keeping a “wants” journal in my phone, to curb unnecessary spending on things like a new makeup item or some shoes on sale. If it comes to the end of the month and I am still desperately lacking that particular item, I will further consider why I need it and go from there – I will be sharing the random items I decide I want during the month also!
- Essentials – I will track where I need money during the week in that little ugly blue book and understand where I can make amendments at the end of the month.
Willing to join me? It’s going to be a looooong month and my bank will probably call to see if I’m still alive. Oh here goes!