30 Days of Minimalism | XXX

Day 30 is finally here! There were moments where I thought it would never come, and yet here we are. I didn’t do a full thirty (oops!) but I’ll be talking more about that tomorrow when I do a little post to reflect on the experiment.

Now, for today’s challenge I was supposed to evaluate my last five purchases. I technically make a lot of purchases every week (everyday even) with my student ID, but since that isn’t real money (I mean, it is, but you know what I mean) I decided to look at my last five purchases on my debit card, because those are the ones that come out of my budget and my savings for future needs (like a home, because college senior ahhhhh).

They are:

  1. $2.39 at the my college convenient store that I think went to a water bottle and a peppermint patty – sorry not sorry.
  2. $5.34 to Spotify – I love Spotify. It makes it easy for me to have all my music on my phone (because using my actual iTunes means I have no memory left for anything else and I have a lot of music that isn’t stored in the cloud because it came from CDs, etc). Bon Iver’s album came out today, and I’ve been listening to it non-stop. I actually think Spotify prevents me from spending larger amounts of money impulse buying every new amazing album that drops.
  3. $28 to Warm Springs Salon to get my haircut. And yes, those $28 did include tip. You can really save money with a dry-cut, because they don’t shampoo or blow dry your hair (which for me, pre-haircut, were two pretty time consuming activities). And because your stylist can work see how the cut will work with your hair texture in real-time, its the safest way to try something new and bold. I love my hair to death, so it was $28 well spent.
  4. $6.36 to our local vintage store for a fabulous black velvet choker. Maybe not my wisest purchase, but I’ve been wanting one for forever and these ones were handmade and reasonably priced – what could be better?
  5. $5.18 to Weiss for my weirdest purchase by far – mayonnaise and a basil plant. These were for a bomb potato salad I was making so were in fact necessary purchases. And by buying the basil plant, I’ve actually been able to use it several other times. It just lives in my kitchen soaking up the sunshine!

I’m very comfortable with my last five purchases. I went into this year knowing it would have to be a budgeting kind of year, because I have big plans post-college, and I want to be able to afford them. I have a pretty strict breakdown for each paycheck, and by actually dividing up the money into different savings categories, and knowing what they’re going to be used for, it’s been a lot easier to stop myself from splurging or impulse buying. I even have a small percentage that’s saving up to get a puppy, because I thought that would be a fun way to keep me motivated. This is the first time I’ve had to be so strict, but I think it’s good. My spending habits in the past have been less then responsible, and while that’s somewhat okay in the safety net of college, it isn’t so much in the real word. I’m still living in that college bubble, but I’m trying to get as much real world practice as I can. Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading!

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