Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Monthly Budget Breakdown ~ September 2013

In an effort to challenge my contentment meter and stay within a budget,
I have $50 per month to spend on Decor & DIY projects for around the house. 
On the first Tuesday of every month I'll show you how I spent it.

Here is the monthly break down for September...

Starting Balance = $46.37 (you can check out here to see what was spent in August.)
Income: September $50 + Starting Balance = $96.37 left to spend

September was a fun month with getting back into the groove of school for the kids and making a few changes around the house.

First up, I showed you how I added some inexpensive bins to the boys room to house their rock collections. They love those little things! The cost was $4.99 for the 3 pack at Ikea.

When it came to fall decorating at first I got swept up with some things that I saw others doing online. I can relate when other bloggers say that sometimes it seems as though you have to decorate for every holiday and have new decor every year. However since that isn't what I would do in normal life, then I made the decision that I would still choose things within my budget and not decorate for every holiday.

In the end, I was excited to add some new pieces to my fall decor but didn't want to go crazy. I actually returned an acorn candle stick that was absolutely darling but was putting my budget too high for this little fall mantle

In the end, I kept this acorn that I found at HomeGoods for $6.99,

and this owl (that could be used any time of the year) for $14.99 from HomeGoods.

It was great getting to tie the rest of the mantle together by using decor that I already had on hand and by making a free banner with supplies from home.

I was trying to save most of my budget to finish off our new gallery wall. Over the past five months I have been waiting for all of the pieces to come together. 

I found the 5x7 frames at Target (on sale) in packs of three for $4.99 each. I bought three packs.

I was still missing a few key pieces and ended up finding the "Love Lives Here" sign also at Target for $19.99.

The other canvas piece came from HomeGoods for $14.99. I also used two 11x14 frames that I got at Ikea for $1.99.

I used my home printer to make the quotes in the 11x14 frames and I developed the eight, 5x7 pictures at Walmart for $1.47 each. If I had been more on top of my game I could have ordered the pictures to be mailed to me instead of one hour and the price would have been cheaper. 

Finally, I spent $6 at Dollar Tree to create two of these beauties

Final Breakdown...
Beginning Balance $96.37 - ($98.66 September purchases) = $-2.29

Phew, just over by a few dollars! Someone recently asked me why I put together this monthly post. Honestly, they are a bit of work to keep my receipts and remember where things were purchased. However, I needed a way to be accountable so that I could enjoy decorating/organizing and blogging all about it while still staying within a budget. With the various amounts spent on each project, I am hoping to inspire others, so that even if you only have a few dollars to spend you can bring beauty that you enjoy into your home.

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  1. I get jealous sometimes, as I read post after post by bloggers with seemingly limitless budgets to craft and decorate and do.things. This dose of reality is encouraging to me. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Dana,

      I feel the same way sometimes. I'm glad this was encouraging, thanks for sharing. :-)


  2. This was interesting! I like to decorate on a budget too, although for me it translates into making or re-purposing things.

    I think a lot of people forget that there are a great many DIY/Home Decor bloggers that make money from blogging so they have more money to use to decorate and they decorate early and for every holiday because that's their job. ;)

    1. Manuela,

      Thank you so much for mentioning what you did. You are SO right that many bloggers decorate & inspire because it is their full-time job. I shouldn't have worded things the way I did above, forgive me!



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