So I tried doing Stingy July and unfortunately it didn’t work out so well. I only brought a few treats… a replacement plain long sleeve tee and a few MUD nail polishes that were down to $5 each. We even managed to put $130 into the kids trampoline fund. Where I did slip up was with food. I went to too many cafes, brought too many work lunches, hot chocolates and we had a few takeaways. It’s amazing how easily these small spends add up!
I’m putting July behind me and starting over with Stingy August. I’ve got my clothes spending under control (I’m still sorely tempted though) and now that I’ve realised how much I was spending on unnecessary food I know I’ll be much stricter with myself. No trips to the cafes, no extras from the dairy and definitely nothing that’s not on our grocery list. I had a test today when I was craving a hot chocolate… I shook it off by picturing the kids bouncing on their new trampoline instead. It’s Miss 4′s birthday at the end of September so I’m really hoping that we’ll be able to put some money away for presents, a party and ‘off to school’ supplies.
Obviously there are some exceptions… birthdays, school trips, doctors visits/medicine etc. Also we’re going to one of my best friend’s birthday party tomorrow so I’ve factored in a meal each and some drinks. I’ll do a few updates during the month to let you know how successful we’ve been.
I’d love for you to join me! Comment on my future Stingy August posts to let me know how you’re doing.