Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Monthly Budget Breakdown ~ March 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 March...

Starting Balance = $33.31 (you can check out here to see what was spent in February.)
Income: March $50 + Starting Balance = $83.31 left to spend

This month seemed to fly by, mostly in part to being out of town for the first week of March. Sam and I had a great time celebrating our ten year anniversary and getting to go on our dream vacation!

It was fun to come back and make some decisions on the direction of our living room. After months of looking at plain walls with lots of holes I had finally decided what I wanted to do. I'm also hoping that I can stay within my monthly budget!  I can't wait to share the finished results next week...and this Friday you'll even get a sneak peak at what used to be the "flower" wall

To recap the month of March the only project that left me pulling out my wallet was our new charging station. We have had "The Dock" for less than a week and already I am feeling better about my phone usage...or lack thereof! 

To break down this little project I bought the shelving unit at Target. The original price was $49 but I purchased it when it was on sale and I used coupons so my total was $35. March happens to be the month of my birthday. Originally my gifts from my hubby were a bracelet and a massage that I was going to redeem on our cruise. Then we boarded and saw the $150 price tag! Gulp, I opted to skip the massage and buy a shelf to curb my phone addiction instead. :-)

I picked up these sticker & paper supplies at Michaels for $8. 

Last but not least, I purchased an extension cord from Target which cost $6.39 and some 3M command mini hooks from Target for $3.50.

Total cost for this project was $52.89 (minus $35...happy birthday to me!) The amount spent comes to $17.89. (I'm living out my dreams of wanting to be a banker every time I post these updates.) ;-)

Final Breakdown...
Beginning Balance $83.31 - $17.89 (March purchases) = $65.42

Are you excited to tackle some projects now that Spring is right around the corner?

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