Well, I’ve done it again. I've managed to disappoint myself with yet, another year of spending habits.
Yesterday I performed the arduous task of going through each and every dollar I spent in 2012 and analyzed how much money was truly wasted. OK, let’s just be honest, while this was very time consuming, I was able to indulge my OCD side and it was not an unpleasant experience albeit it took forever.
Anywho, by my calculations, had I used my current budget through all of 2012, I would have saved around $3600 (give or take). This is upsetting. That’s a two week Europe trip!!! My boyfriend asked me if I at least enjoyed spending it and, honestly, I can’t remember, which means probably not so much – not enough to justify that kind of frivolous spending.
Where did that money go, you ask?
Top 3 biggest culprits were:
1: Amazon.com – damn you.
2: JCrew – I would never use your name in vain but you’re killing me!
3: Food. I don’t even feel like I eat out at restaurants that often but when I do, it’s like $30 a pop and that shit adds up. I was averaging wayyy more per month on food than any single girl needs to.
I didn’t even make any big purchases besides my iPad and new Ray Bans for the bf’s birthday. That was the most I spent in one sitting (which I realize is not insignificant and I believe was money well-spent).
In the grand scheme of things, is this going to break me? Probably not but I would so much rather have an extra few g’s lying around than doing whatever the hell I did with that money. I could have paid for most of my first semester of grad school with that.
Some cool new things:
1: Clarisonic vs Oil of Olay ProX
I’ve had my eye on a Clarisonic for a while now. They get excellent reviews and I have sensitive, flakey, dry skin in the winter so I needed something to help slough off all the dead stuff since nothing else seemed to work well. However, since I’ve become better at sticking to my budget, I knew purchasing this wasn’t going to happen any time soon since these babies can run anywhere between $100 – $200. So I bought the Oil of Olay ProX one because, it too, gets excellent reviews. There are several people who own both who do a side by side comparison of the Clarisonic and ProX product and say the ProX one is just as good. So… I bought it for $22 (off Amazon aka the evil temptress). I used it last night and, holy smokes, my skin is so smooth today. I realize only time will tell if it’s a great product but 1: It feels amazing - orgasmic, even and 2: My skin already looks and feels a little better. $22 well spent.
|Oil of Olay ProX|
|Last night's sleep|
I just used the sleep app for the first time last night and, while I realize it needs some calibrating, so far I’m not impressed with the lackluster quality of my sleep. I’ve known for quite some time that I get poop sleep but to see it quantitatively (sorta) is frustrating. The app gets really high reviews but I really want to know how accurate it really is. Anyone else use it?