Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Monthly Budget Breakdown ~ December 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 breakdown for December...

Starting Balance = $149.47 (you can check out here to see what was spent in November.)
Income: December $50 + Starting Balance = $199.47 left to spend

This is definitely a record...at the beginning of December, I had almost TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS in my home decor budget. I'm pretty proud of myself, I could actually afford to buy that rug from Target now if I wanted to! ;-) (And yet, the thought of having to clean one more thing keeps me from doing so.) Never in the history of this blog have I held on to that much money without finding something to spend it on in the process. 

While it is currently set aside safely in our bank account I have to say that a lot of behind the scenes things have been happening when it comes to the way I view decorations. Maybe it is because I am so OVER drowning in "stuff" or because things that a few years ago I just "had to have" I now find that I am dropping off at Goodwill. 

That whole..."but I NEEDED to have it"..."I just couldn't walk out of the store without it"...yeah, I am working through those feelings. I share all of that because prior to having a decor/diy budget I never would have thought twice about the things that I spent money on to make our home more comfortable, functional, and inviting. However, now I am much more aware of where I spend the money and making sure that the things that we find really important (like supporting friends who are caring for others in various parts of the world) is more a priority than what I hang on the wall. Things are shifting. I anticipate that in the coming months we will be chatting all about it. 

I did make one purchase in December. I purchased a sign from dear lillie. The total cost to purchase and print (at Staples) the Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sign was $14.12. I'm most excited about the part where I can store it in the frame all year round. A few days ago I switched the picture back to the map that was there before Christmas  and now this print is safely being stored behind it.

Beautiful & Functional! :-)


Final Breakdown...
Beginning Balance $199.47 - $14.12 (December purchases) = $185.35

Happy New Year! 
I'll be back next week with some more posts.


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