Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Monthly Budget Breakdown ~ May 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 May...

Starting Balance = $-49.19 (you can check out here to see what was spent in April.)
Income: May $50 + Starting Balance = $.81 left to spend

Hardly any decor/diy projects were done in May since going into the month I knew that there was hardly anything in the budget...how creative can YOU get with $.81 cents? :-) Unfortunately, I also realized that I had never added in the tea light holders that I bought on clearance at Target...back in April.

I bought five and am currently using three on the mantel. My friend, Sarah creatively rearranged them a little for this shot at the Mother's Day After Party.


However, this would be a great example though of how just because something is really cheap it doesn't mean I should buy it...especially if I don't have the cash in my budget for it. It was so hard passing them up knowing that they were originally $4.99 and on sale for $1.48 (not to mention the whole being a tea light holder and teal...love!) Inevitably they came home with me, next time I'm working on having more will power. The total cost for five, $7.40.

All tea light holders aside, I was still able to cover a lot of topics in May that didn't need any funding from the DIY/Decor category, like sharing thoughts on Healthiest vs. Healthy

And because the extra OXO containers were something that I was planning for ahead of time, I saved up some money out of our grocery budget and my personal spending money to cover those.

Final Breakdown...
Beginning Balance $.81 - $7.40 (May purchases) = $-6.59

While I'm still negative for the month I should have just enough added into the budget in the month of June to work on a simple project for organizing our crew next school year. I know it's summer break but I'm still pretty excited about it...coming soon!

Did you complete any projects in the month of May? What would you do with $.81 cents? :-)

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1 comment:

  1. Love the organization! Seriously crushing on it!


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