A late Monday post coming at you…
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@missemmmysue) then you know I made a whirlwind trip home yesterday to celebrate my younger sister’s birthday. Even though I was only there for a mere 24-hours, it was exactly what I needed. The day was filled with family, delicious food (homemade mac & cheese & cupcakes from scratch anyone?) and tons of laughter. I can’t believe my little sissy is growing up so fast- it seems like just yesterday that we were little kids running around without a care in the world. Adults always warned us that childhood would fly by- boy, were they right.
I decided to take advantage of having the day off and go for a run yesterday. Big mistake. When I say that the air-quality in my hometown is horrible, I’m not kidding. It makes Los Angeles air seem clean (which we all know isn’t true!) and I could definitely tell a difference when I was running. I managed to get through 3 miles before I met up with my mom and decided to just walk with her for a while. I was literally gasping trying to catch my breath which never, ever happens. Longest 3 miles of my life.
And finally it’s time for a Week #2 update on my Makin’ Bank Challenge!
1.) Overall Spending: $98.26
So, I definitely did better than last week on my spending but I still feel like I can do better. Thankfully by tracking my purchases I’ve been able to discover the root of my problem (see below!).
2.) No Shopping!
I’ve stuck with my goal of not purchasing any clothes, makeup, or accessories and I’m still alive! I’ve definitely been tempted (Urban Outfitters, I’m looking at you!) but I stayed strong. Woo!
3.) Keeping Track
I’m still writing down every penny that I spend and, while tedious, it has been extremely eye-opening.
1.) Grocery Shopping
It has become really obvious that I’m not being practical when it comes to food shopping. Instead of making one weekly trip to the grocery store I’ve been picking up things as I need them. Last week I wound up making four $15-$20 grocery-store purchases rather than one $50-$60 purchase. So, my goal this week is to get all of my groceries on Monday (heading to Trader Joe’s now!) and then make do with that stuff for the entire week. I’m hoping that will cut down my spending a lot. Wish me luck!
Do you guys have any tips for creating and sticking to a grocery budget?
Here’s to a fun-filled and productive week!