Everything Else

Everything Else: Limit Your Shopping Spending

I’m always trying to think of creative ways to challenge my spending, especially my shopping. I’m still doing the Closet Creativity Challenge {read about it here} where I’ve put my closet and creative juices to the test.  This month, I’m changing the way I budget. For the longest time, I never set a budget for shopping. Sure, I don’t buy everything in sight but there was never a set amount every month designated strictly for shopping. Now that I’ve come up with a realistic amount for shopping and entertainment, I am determined to stick with the plan. To make it work, I’ve decided to buy gift cards every month   with a set amount strictly for those 2 categories. I must use the gift cards to shop, once the gift card runs out, that means no more shopping that month. Another perk to this plan, when I buy these gift cards, I earn credit towards gas. Win-win! I’m sure many others have done this, it kind of takes the thinking out of budgeting and wondering where you stand that month and how much you’ve already spent. Plus, it will be like my birthday every month…kinda?
Do you get creative with budgeting and spending?