Every Monday during 2022, I am posting an update on what I spent for the week (variable spending only) as a way of keeping myself accountable for my impulse spending. Also, to see my true savings, I am tracking items I was tempted to buy but didn’t.
This week I ended up spending $60 in return fees with no products to show for it. UGH. The return refunds have yet to hit my bank account. It’s so frustrating, but I only have myself to blame. All items were purchased impulsively, with no real thought behind them. I failed to wait at least 24 hours before making the purchases, and I didn’t double-check the return policies.
I finally put some controls in place for online spending, and I’m hoping it curbs
the ugly spending monster that still lives inside me. the impulsive spending.
Without further ado, my June 13 – 19th spending:
- Groceries: $167.00 (Stock up from BJ’s)
- Eating Out: $50 (lunch for Father’s Day)
- Personal Care: $64.00 (Hair color from salon, sunscreen)
- Home Maintenance: $229.20 (annual filters, broom)
- Mom: $39.76 (dinner sent)
- Spontaneous giving: $55.00
- Weight Watchers: $42.95 (3 mos.)
- Miscellaneous: $39.73 (books)
- Gifts: $17.00 (Father’s Day)
- Return fees: $60.00
Returns: ($40.12) (Phone case and charger)
I thought this week was a low-spend week until I totaled everything up. Almost $800?? The good news is that I won’t have to buy filters for a year, and I’m saving almost $250.00 by coloring my hair over the next two months instead of going to the salon. I guess it wasn’t too bad, except for the return fee. 😦
Here is a monthly recap of my spending for June so far:
Week 1: $1,660.73
Week 2: $321.13
Week 3: $724.52
Total variable spending: $2,706.38
That seems high for three weeks in a five-week month. I will need to slow way down on the spending if I want to meet some savings goals.