I'm going to confess something that made my stomach churn when I actually realized it. On a monthly basis, I spend close to $150 on mani/pedis to make sure my fingers and toes are always presentable. But wait it gets worse. On a weekly basis I was spending close to $75 on my daily coffee fix because up until a few weeks ago I refused to buy a coffee maker. Annually, that's roughly $5400...talk about expensive habits!
I feel sick just writing this post about it, BUT I'm changing all that. I've always said that one of the benefits to blogging is that it keeps you accountable. If you want to challenge yourself as a blogger, write it in a post. It encourages you to push through because it's been published on the interwebs. So here's the agreement that I've made with myself. I will reduce (not entirely give it up) the amount of mani/pedis I get done professionally and limit myself to only 3 coffee shop visits every week.
It's ridiculous to say that I'll never go get my routine mani/pedi ever, but it's possible to only go once a month and keep up the maintenance by doing it on my own at home. Although I don't think I paint my own nails very well, the only way I'll get better is if I keep on doing it. That reduces my expense to only $55/month.
nail details | opi's wocka wocka & excuse moi from the muppet collection |
Now there's the coffee habit. Sometimes I have a hard time evaluating whether it's the routine that I'm addicted to or the actual coffee itself. Whatever it is, I've slowly been learning to change it because with the amount of money I was spending on my daily Starbucks fix, I could have purchased a new pair of boots...each week! Since I like my coffee on the strong side, I bought a french press which is perfect for me since Matt doesn't drink coffee. It's easy to clean and tastes so much better than brew from a coffee maker. Last week I calculated my savings and my expense went down to a whopping $11. Drastic change isn't it?
I can't promise that I can keep this up permanently, but what I can promise to myself is that I will try. Now, if only I could be better about not eating out as much.....
|Have you ever evaluated the cost for some of your routine habits? If so, did it motivate you to re-adjust your routine because of the cost?|