Mermade Moments: Budget Update - $2500

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Budget Update - $2500

For those of you who have been following along, you know I put myself on a budget. For those of you who just started following, read this post here.

I printed out a Savings Tracker sheet (found in the link above) and it lets you color in your progress. I reached my first goal which was $2,500. I started on January 14th and I got to color in the first section today, February 12th! Woo hoo!

What I have been doing?
  • no online shopping - unsubscribe from the store emails - read about that here.
  • limit eating out - my boyfriend and I would eat out multiple times a weekend - not anymore!
  • stick to my budget sheet - print out the sheet from the first link above - having to write everything you spend down really holds you accountable - I wouldn't buy things because I didn't want them to show up on my sheet! I'm not against guilting myself into saving money!
  • keeping my goal in mind while I'm out shopping - when I'm Target or the mall, I just keep my end goal in mind. Vacation and beach living are more important.
  • downsizing my stuff - the more I go through and get rid of stuff, the less I feel like I need.
  • stop using those credit cards - unless it's an absolute emergency of course - 7 for $26 undies at VS doesn't count!
  • saving my change - i'm saving all of my change - I haven't rolled any yet. I'm going to wait until it's vacation and/or moving time, but change adds up!!!
The more your bank account grows, the easier it becomes! I promise! Print out the budget sheets and join me!

Oh! I've stayed under my budget of $100 a week since I started!

What do you do to save money? Do you have any budget tricks? Let me know!

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  1. Ah! That's so awesome! I have been on lock down trying to save money too this year. I want to update my car & buy brand new this time & don't want to dip into my savings for it so have decided to be tight on spending for the year so I can make enough hopefully! That first point- unsubscribing from store emails.. that's HUGE. I immediately delete and promotional stuff that comes in my inbox and actually have taken Pinterest off of my bookmark bar because I realized how much that led me to spending. It's such a small step but makes a huge different. Saving is hard but when you look back and see you much you have actually saved it's so so worth holding out!! Way to go girl!! :)

  2. I wish I could do this! I'm really going to try and save money!


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