After reading one article about how much money someone spent on beauty products for the past year, I started thinking about my own purchases. When I saw their numbers I was shocked as it seemed way too much. Looking back I should have not been, as mine was twice as big. I spent almost 4000£ on beauty products in 2017 and that is not okay. I did not even realise that I was doing it. The only consolation I have is the fact that I worked hard for that money, but it is no excuse. In 2018 I will do my best to avoid ending up in the same situation. How do I plan on achieving this? Read below.
The solution is simple. You probably thought of this many times before, but just how many of you actually implemented it? I am not trying to criticise, but we all make plans and budgets, but more often than not we do not stick to them. Now is the time to make a change. So go grab a notebook and a pen and start writing.
Like I said, the solution is incredibly simple.
- Grab a notebook that you like, but won’t regret using. Easier said than done, I know.
- Try to not spend money on that notebook.
- Grab a pen. Any pen will do
- Write the name of the month at the top of the page.
- Write down your beauty expenses so far. During your first month, you might miss some especially if you don’t get started on the first, but that is okay. Keep going anyway.
- Add a new expense when you make a purchase.
- At the end of the month write down your total.
- Repeat steps 3-7 until until the end of the year and maybe start from 1 next January (depending on needs).
You probably noticed that I did not allocate a budget for each month. This can seem like a stupid thing to do, but I believe in you guys and you should believe in yourselves as well.
I just wrote down all the expenses that I remember from January and I know that I won’t be spending more money on beauty this month. I am already past 100£ pounds for January and I do not need anything really. Yikes!
Another reason why I did not allocate a budget is that sometimes you might end up running out of a product you need or you have a special event that you need to get ready for. I emphasise the word need and not want. Be careful to make this distinction. However, you should not feel bad if you do not succeed the first time around. Keep it up and you will see results. I promise! As long as your total per month is going down in the long run, you are on the right path.
Can you do this? are you willing to do this?