Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Monthly Budget Breakdown ~ January 2014

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 January...

Starting Balance = $30.37 (you can check out here to see what was spent in December.)
Income: January $50 + Starting Balance = $80.37 left to spend

In January I posted about a HUGE DIY project that we recently finished...our main level bathroom. I still have a hard time believing that this is the same bathroom!
bathroom remodel before and after

While that was definitely considered a "DIY project" it wasn't exactly something that I could save up my monthly decor & DIY budget to pay for. It was a project that Sam and I thought long and hard about and decided to do it outside of this monthly budgeted money that I use. Since we always use cash we made a few big decisions that enabled us to do the project. 

In fact, in the coming weeks I'll be sharing exactly what we did to fund that bathroom. Sorry to keep you in suspense. ;-)

When it came to organizing the bathroom I was able to use supplies that I shopped around the house for. By using things like a serving tray that hardly got used I was able to create a new tray for cleaning supplies and didn't spend a penny!

I shared about our winter mantel which was filled with things around the house, a map I received for Christmas and a jumbo mason jar that I had recently purchased from World Market. I was intending to use the mason jar to store our homemade laundry detergent in, but since the container didn't work for that it became a "decoration." I paid $17.99 for it after using a 10% off coupon. 

Finally, this month I shared how to create free custom art for your home. Seriously you have to try this...so many possibilities! I purchased a new frame from IKEA that was on sale for $7.99 to update a previous frame to match our bathroom.

My projects for February are in full force...the other day our living room was even turned into a temporary workshop so that we could cut some wood and install some fun new things for the kids. I can't wait to show you the end results!

Final Breakdown...
Beginning Balance $80.37 - ($25.98 January purchases) = $54.39

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  1. Love all of your projects especially your bathroom!!!! A decor budget sounds like a great idea!!!!

  2. I love this monthly recap. It motivates me to try to do better with what I have. Love that your able to create so much on so little. Keep it up, girl!

  3. Such a great idea to work with what you have- but those big projects (like redoing a room) certainly need to be budgeted for separately. I have taken on our boys' room recently and it is amazing how even when you are trying to be super thrifty and DIY it all things can add up quickly! Looking forward to your bathroom funds reveal:)

    1. Krista,

      Those projects certainly do add up quickly! :-) I can't wait to see what you do with your boys' room!


  4. I love that you have set yourself a budget and are going to show us how you make great things happen! I'm trying to do the same and am determined to clear out my craft stash before heading to Hobby Lobby!

  5. You guys did such a good job with the bathroom update. Did you guys do that yourselves or did you have a pro come in? The tile looks like a real beast to take down yourself but then again, I've only ever tackled old wallpaper.

    1. Kim,

      Kind of both...we did all of the work ourselves along side my dad who is a general contractor by trade. He walked us through each step and labored in love right next to us along most of the projects. The tile came down pretty easy...now tackling old wallpaper...you would have to show me a few tips. :-)


  6. Is that a pull-out stool under the bathroom vanity??! That has got to be the smartest idea ever! Our bathroom is not very wide and I get so annoyed tripping over the stool or moving it to shut the bathroom door every time I go in there. Please share how you did that project!

    1. Keilah,

      Yep, it is a pull out step stool and works great! My dad put it together...I so wish that I had taken pictures of it during the process. We basically built the base for an IKEA cabinet that we bought. The drawer/stool is attached to the cabinet using drawer pulls on the side. The pulls were actually added after these pictures. It slides in and out great.



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