Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Monthly Budget Breakdown ~ February 2015

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 February...

Starting Balance = $110.37 (you can check out here to see what was spent in January.)
Income: February $50 + Starting Balance = $160.37 left to spend

As of late, Sam and I have been having a lot of conversations surrounding remodeling projects in our home. Conversations that have come out of necessity and figuring out how to tackle one problem at a time in our house. 

Things like having water damage to various ceilings from an upstairs toilet that overflowed a couple of times. Also now that we have kids who are showering instead of bathing we have gotten more motivated to finally fix some more of the upstairs bathroom issues as well. (The kids can't get the temperature right by themselves due to the current faucet quirks and half of the water comes out the bottom spout while half comes out of the shower head.) 

The list of projects could go on and on, much like any home. 

However, as discussions continue with bigger projects it can easily seem as though they are far off and out of reach as pennies are saved. Yet I find that the biggest thing to help keep me motivated to save is to spend. Does that seem funny? I find that tackling small projects that help keep things fresh & organized keeps me motivated to save for those bigger, much needed projects. 

This past month I updated our containers on the stairs. I found them at Target for $7.99 each. 

While a project like this isn't going to add value to our home per se, it certainly keeps me motivated to stay on course. It is fun to make little changes to our home and create a place that we enjoy being in. For this organizer/lover of teal...rounding the corner of the stairs to see these happy bins certainly makes me smile. 

Final Breakdown...
Beginning Balance $160.37 - $55.93 (February purchases) = $104.44

Did you complete any projects this past month or switch up something in your home?


  1. Hi Sarah - I'm with you. I love to do little projects and make small changes that keep me motivated and making progress around my home - while the bigger things are in the pipeline. My most recent post is on just that topic - The Beauty of a Quick Fix. I love those little baskets on the stairs and the teal colour is just perfect. Thank you as always for another fresh and motivating post. Tracey

    1. Hi Tracey,

      Yes, so motivating to do those small projects until bigger ones can be done down the road! :-)


  2. Thanks for posting your ideas. I've borrowed the $50 family decorating budget and it's brought me such an understanding of priorities. Created a pause before a purchase and allowed for projects to be done without guilt. Surspising how much can be done with $50 when it is done with thought and enjoying seeing your decorating projects.


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