So this month I budgeted $90 for Personal Care. I wanted to buy a new face cream, eye cream and face wash. The brand I buy is not cheap. But it’s worth it for me … and it’s still a lot cheaper than those designer brands out there.
Luckily London Drugs had a sale on this weekend: 25% off Avène products, plus a $30 press powder for free with the purchase of $29 or more worth of their products. Normally I wouldn’t get sucked into the free giveaway, but I was just lamenting about how I needed a new press powder soon.
So I bought face cleanser, face cream, eye cream, and got a free press powder ($125.50 worth of Avène products) for only $71.62!
I also bought deodorant ($3.49, on sale from $4.29), and some feminine products ($2.99 x 2 = $5.98, on sale from $4.99 x 2 = $9.98).
All in all, I spent $85.09/$90 of my Personal Care budget for the month and I got everything that I needed, so I’m really pleased. I didn’t think I’d be able to get all those things for under $90. :)
Okay, well as you can see I went over on my budget by a lot. By about $900. BUT, $771 of that amount is for ski equipment and a pass for the mountain (for the rest of this season and all of next season) – all of which is coming out of my Travel Fund. So, when you look at it that way, I really only went over budget by $135.02 … and that’s not too bad. Not good. But not bad.
February Goals (end of month review):
- $300 into Retirement Portfolio. CHECK!
- $600 into Travel Fund. CHECK! I was able to deposit $700!
- Go rock climbing at least 5 times. CHECK! We’ve gone 5 times, and plan to go again tomorrow. So possibly 6 times.
- Run once per week. FAIL! I wasn’t able to get sweat in my eyes for the first 2 weeks of the month (b/c of LASIK surgery), so I only got 2 runs in.
- Lift weights (at home), work on my abs, and stretch 3 times per week. FAIL! I started doing this regularly during the last 2 weeks of the month.
- Stay within my $200 food budget for the month. FAIL! This was an epic fail on my part. I ended up spending $224.34! I’m really disappointed in myself, but I’m getting better, so I’m going to keep trying to hit this goal.
- Do something social with friends once per week. CHECK! And I did everything rather frugally too, I might add. :)
- List at least 3 items on eBay or Craigslist. FAIL! I only listed one thing – my scooter. I’m happy that it’s going to sell next month, but still disappointed that I didn’t get my act together to list more things.
Here is my monthly budget for March. A few things are different from the February budget – namely I dropped my Entertainment category down to $50 since I purchased ski equipment and a ski pass. I also don’t have to pay MSP or Hydro for the next 3 months (both are billed in 3-month blocks).
Also my Personal Care category is up to $90 b/c I will probably run out of face cream and eye cream. Plus I want to buy a new face cleanser and I need some feminine products as well. Fingers crossed that I don’t actually spend the entire $90!
- Work out 5-6 days per week. Can be rock climbing, running, gym, skiing, or a combination of those things. BF is all about going skiing and then going climbing right afterwards. That’s something I would like to do on a regular basis. But that would just count as one work out.
- $300 into Retirement Portfolio.
- $600 into Travel Fund. An extra $50 above and beyond what I would normally contribute.
- Do something social with friends once per week. This might be hard to do, but I’ll be home twice in March, so I should be able to accomplish this.
- Stay within $100 travel budget. 1 of the 2 weekends BF will definitely be able to drive me, since he’ll be coming over as well. But the other weekend I will probably have to figure out how to get to and from the ferry terminal myself, since he plans on climbing Mt. Baker or something.
- List at least 3 things for sale on Craigslist or eBay.
- Organize all my tax paperwork. It takes forever to get all of my statements.