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I know I said in my inaugural “How I Spent My Money” post that I wanted to publicly share my monthly expenses so I could be more #accountable, but after tallying the totals for May, I’ve come to realize (only two months into this experiment) that I am goddang embarrassed by my own spending habits and I don’t actually want to publish them. 🙈
And yet here I am. Let’s dig into May.
Total spending: -$1220
The aforementioned emergency family-related expenses were still a major factor in this month’s total expenses, but even without taking those into account, I ended May well over budget.
Emergency family-related expenses: -$510
There’s not much I could’ve done about this, but now that the school year is over, my mom will be off work for a couple months, which means she’ll have time to rest up and I won’t have to spend $25 a day getting her to and from work in a Lyft.
(I couldn’t figure out a more economical way to do this because I work much farther from home than she does, and there’s no way I could’ve started work at 8:30AM (the earliest I could arrive at my office after dropping my mom off, if I drove her) and then left work at 2PM (in order to get to her workplace in time), every day, for two months.)
Going out: -$306
I went over budget by $66.
Of this $306, $230 was spent eating out with my partner (including one memorable $20 dinner at Chili’s after which I felt like death 🌶), and $0 was spent going out with friends. (It was a quiet month and I was home a lot since my brother is in South Korea and I am currently the only fully able-bodied person at home.)
My partner and I did eat out more than usual in May, probably because we were only seeing each other 2-3 days a week (for a handful of reasons), so cooking at home fell by the wayside.
I would have remained under budget, even with all our eating out, were it not for spending $76 on my ticket to see solo Harry Styles in concert this fall (!!!).
I wish I cared more about going over budget because I love One Direction too much, but I just… don’t. $76 feels like a reasonable price to pay for the experience of screaming along with thousands of other fans as Harry sings “I’m having your baby / it’s none of your business,” and honestly, the adrenaline rush of attending a 1D concert back in 2012 while they were still playing small venues? PRICELESS. 💞
My “Necessary” category clocked in at $102 under budget. In May, I spent $4 on buying my mom boba, $46 on skincare from Amazon (CosRx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid for my partner and Timeless Skin Care 20% Vitamin C Plus E Ferulic Acid Serum for me, as previously mentioned), and $28 on the following: Sugru ($14) to repair my MacBook charger, AWS hosting ($1) for my portfolio website, and Native Deodorant ($13) so I could claim my free travel-size deodorant.
Fun spending: -$313
(This total includes the $17 (income) I received from Ebates.) I went over budget by $133. (DISHONOR ON MY COW.)
I spent a soul-crushing $145 on clothing, with $76 spent on the two high-neck, high-waisted one-piece swimsuits from Aerie I was swooning over in an earlier post, $41 spent at Uniqlo (two pairs of joggers and three t-shirts), and $28 at Boohoo on a pair of mom jeans that look horrible on me and that I cannot return without paying for return shipping. (I’m working on repositioning the pockets so they’re closer to my butt than my waist, which is where they currently reside.)
I also spent $28 at ColourPop, on Lippie Stix in Nevermind (this doesn’t apply well on my lips, and it transfers too easily for my liking) and Bossy (which hasn’t arrived yet because they got my order wrong), Super Shock Blush in Get Leid (👌🏻), and Super Shock Highlighter in Glazed (👌🏻).
(In total, I spent $33 on purchases influenced by Noora from Skam – $28 on mom jeans and $5 on red lipstick. 💄)
$71 went toward gifts, including $45 for an Alamo Drafthouse gift card for my mom for Mother’s Day (she loves the watching & snacking experience), and $26 on graduation gifts for friends.
After the AHCA passed in the House, I gave $40 to ActBlue/Swing Left in a fit of rage/despair. (Contribute here!) 🇺🇸
And I spent $46 on miscellaneous things from Amazon, including…
- $15 on a giant sheet/roll of white foam that I intend to use for photo backgrounds,
- $9 on Kindle 📕📙📒📗📘 ($2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews, The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, and The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte),
- and $22 on physical copies of my favorite One Direction albums (Up All Night, Take Me Home, and Made in the A.M.), after realizing how happy having a physical copy of Harry Styles made me.
I went over budget again in May, this time by $620. Even without emergency family-related expenses, I was over budget by $110, which, I mean, was mostly because of Harry Styles, but also partially because I bought two swimsuits that I haven’t even worn yet and took a gamble on a pair of mom jeans that I can’t even return.
The cost of my frivolity this month was too high for comfort, so I’m hoping to avoid making more Noora Sætre-induced purchases in June, although I’m also 100% set on trying to get tickets for Harry’s stadium tour in 2018, so goodbye @money, it was nice knowing you. 💸