I have been looking for a challenge these past few months, and on the weekends I have been dabbling in watercolor painting. Drawing and painting is one of those hobbies I did frequently, then lost and now I am slowly bringing it back. However, painting is not so much a challenge but a stress reliever.
I really need a challenge. I challenged myself to earn a Masters degree. Done. I challenged myself this past year to an Executive job offered to me, while taking care of my ill, dying father. Done, yet not a challenge I recommend.
In the mornings while drinking coffee, I scroll through Pinterest. I usually don’t pay much attention to what I’m looking at, but it helps get me out of my morning grogginess. I came across a pin about how to live frugal.
Ha! Yeah right. I was suckered into clicking it. I still laughed at what I was reading. Make your own laundry detergent it read. THAT’S not going to happen. But some things were interesting. Budgeting for a waste free menu plan, cutting back on certain expenses like lattes. We make our own coffee and have been for years. Cut cable. Already did this over 8 years ago. No T.V. for us. Little did I realize, most of what was recommended, my husband and I were already doing.
So what could I do to cut more? New challenge!
I looked at all of my expenses and thought most of my expense was food and beauty products. Oh Lordy this is going to be a tough challenge.
Step 1, biggest challenge heartbreak, no more wine. I haven’t bought a bottle in almost a month and literally have saved over $60. Ok, it was a tough start but so far so good and that extra $60 is now sitting in investmests.
Step 2, cheaper shampoo. Well, it just so happened I was out of shampoo last week and headed to the store to buy more. Then I stopped myself and thought, well more like pep-talked myself, now Robin, do you really need that $30 shampoo? Thinking of my new self-frugal challenge I stopped off at the Dollar Tree. Go ahead, laugh it up, but as I walked the shampoo aisle, reading ingredients, in fear of my hair falling out, I came across a shampoo my Granny used. So I thought, well, if it was good for her, then so be it. I bought both shampoo and conditioner, $2. Not only was it Paraben free, but it was anti-frizz to help save these crazy locks of mine.
Well guess what? I LOVE this shampoo and conditioner AND it smells good! $28 I saved for the month goes right into my savings.
Now I’m almost obsessed. I haven’t bought make-up foundation. I’m using just powder for now. Savings of $30 but we’ll see how long this one lasts.
I bought a more inexpensive face cream, I felt like crying, and my husband laughed. He said, “You don’t need to spend $300 on face cream”. Sigh. I really don’t. So, I bought a 2 pack of Olay at Costco for $40. A savings of $260. Surprisingly, my face didn’t break out or fall off.
I am onto now the shop from our pantry for food ideas. This is really difficult but I am up for the challenge. Menu planning is not my gig but I will keep you posted!
Until next time…