Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Monthly Budget Breakdown ~ February 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 
(...or in this case the second Tuesday. ;-)

Here is the monthly break down for February...

Starting Balance = $54.39 (you can check out here to see what was spent in January.)
Income: February $50 + Starting Balance = $104.39 left to spend

When it comes to organizational projects in February we made a lot of progress. There were two things that we did that are making a huge difference and will be functional for years to come.

The first one I shared was our new backpack storage solution.

I purchased an 8 foot piece of poplar wood from Lowes for $8.92. I used primer and paint that I already had on hand. The knobs came from World Market and were originally $3.99 each. I used a 15% off coupon so I purchased 6 for $3.39 each. 

The total cost of this project was $29.26. The sanity that I gained...PRICELESS! :-)

The second project that was completed in February was our Give, Save, Spend Jars.

To get the number of mason jars I needed I purchased 2 cases of 12 jars from Walmart for $8.47 per case. (Unfortunately, I didn't have 15 extra jars lying around.) However, now I have some extras for future projects. :-) The rest of the supplies to complete the jars were all things that I had on hand.

I purchased the four spice racks from IKEA for $3.99 each. We also bought another 8 foot piece of poplar wood from Lowes for $8.92. This piece of wood is what we actually attached the shelves to and then attached the poplar wood to the wall making sure that it was attached securely into the studs. 

The total cost for this project was $41.82. Not bad if you consider the fact that it comes out to about $8.36 each and we now have a system that works great for our family and space!

Final Breakdown...
Beginning Balance $104.39 - $71.08 (February purchases) = $33.31

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  1. I love how you share your projects and exactly what you spend on each one! Well done!

  2. I'm constantly amazed how you stay on budget! Great job, girl.

    1. Ashley,

      I'm pretty amazed too...you should see how many things I end up returning! :-)


  3. For people not on a timeline, I have had good luck finding mason jars for 25 cents each at garage sales (church garage sales are especially good). They often run from 25 cents each to 40 cents each but I am a cheapskate and hold out for the quarter jars. :)


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