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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mama's Putting Herself on a Budget...and Will Post a DIY Every Day!


So this is it.  I'm making the commitment.  And now it's out there in the interweb, it's like cast in stone.  I'm putting myself on a budget.  After bills and allotments for groceries and gas, I am giving myself $60 out of each paycheck (every two weeks) as my allowance.  That's for if I decide to go out to lunch, or happy hour, or spot something that I cannot live without.

I waste spend too much money.  Whatever I have, I spend.  It's pretty ridiculous when I stop and think about it.  I mean, obviously, I make sure that my kids are taken care of first and foremost.  But after that, it's game on.  I have no savings at all.  I plan to take my kids to FL in June to visit my family, but I don't have any way of doing that at the moment.  I want and need to pay all of my bills on time and more importantly, have money left over. 

I quit smoking 67 days ago.  That was seriously the biggest challenge I've faced in a while.  It was a testament to my willpower and I needed to prove to myself that I have that deep inside me.  Now that that's a done deal, I need to challenge myself again.  It's imperative that I work with what I have instead of buying something new.  I must force myself to refashion and repurpose things that I already have.

Spring cleaning is upon us (me).  I've got to declutter my house, my life!  I have way too much stuff.  People come to my place and say hey, you've got a lot of stuff.  I'm going to pack up some boxes and drop them off at Goodwill.  I've got so many things that I don't use.  I have such a hard time getting - and staying - organized.  I start so many projects but I never finish them.  Well my friends, this is all going to change.

I am going to chronicle my challenge here on my blog as a means of holding myself accountable.  And I am going to do this by posting a DIY/repurpose/refashion/idea EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. in April.  Stay tuned ladies!  I may even get ambitious and start early!  I usually do things like that.  Once my mind is made up to do something, I do it right away. 

Please let me know if anyone has any tips, advice, ideas, or even projects that may be of use.  I'm anxious to do this, and so excited! 

xxooxoxo
Lia

13 comments:

  1. This is quite the challenge, but I'm sure you're up to it! Congrats on quitting smoking, by the way!

    My boyfriend and I decided we need to stop spending so much, too! We've been saving up for a while, but all that's going to disappear in the next few months when we make a couple large purchases (yay)! I'm excited about your DIY posts!

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  2. EVERY DAY! Wowza!
    I've been on a minimal shopping kick for about a year and a half. It's still hard sometimes, but I know it's good because I only buy things I love/need, which is nice. And the house stays uncluttered!

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  3. You can do it....I did it for the 30x30 and its wasnt as bad as i thought,. Just think of new cool ways to wear what you already have..make it fun:)

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  4. You can so do it! It's inspiring - I wish I had time to DIY everyday :)

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  5. That's a heckuva commitment lady!

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  6. It's going to be super hard for sure, and working full time and taking care of my 2 kids doesn't leave me with much spare time. However, like I said, I am up to the challenge and feel the need to push myself to do this :) Thanks for the support ladies! Couldn't do it without you!
    xoxo
    Lia

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  7. I'm so proud of you for quitting smocking! At a girl! can't wait for your DIY posts. You're so clever.
    xx
    maya

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  8. i think that a small budget can boost creativity.If you want something real bad in the end you find a way to make it.You are already very creative so i'm sure you'll have real fun this month filling your diy list! :D

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  9. Thanks Maya! Quitting smoking was the best decision I ever made. My only regret is not doing it sooner! And I agree, matter of style, that's precisely why I am combining the two. Small budget = more creativity! It's going to be a lot of work, but it is what I love to do so I'll be so happy doing it!! I can't wait!! Thanks for the love, ladies!
    xoxo
    Lia

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  10. Wow, good for you on not smoking anymore. That is awesome and huge!! Good job.
    Yay for everyday DIYs. I, too am trying to save money and stay in a budget. That's actually a great idea to do.

    This is amazing and so great for you to share this with us.

    Happy Friday and hope you enjoy your weekend.

    xoxo,
    melrod

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  11. Have you ever read this blog: http://moneysmartfashion.blogspot.com/ She has some awesome tips on budgets and spending. It's also nice to know you aren't alone in the frugal spending club.

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  12. Deb, no I haven't, but I am checking it out now! Thanks so much for the heads up!!!
    xoxo
    Lia

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