Last month I announced the lofty goal of taking a break from my good friend Target. I’m proud to report I’ve been Target-free since then. Not only that, I’ve really been focusing on reigning in the grocery budget and not making these critical mistakes. What I’m really starting to realize, though, is that life just costs money. (This post contains affiliate links.)
I look back in amazement on how we used to survive, thinking if only we could live like we used to and put the rest away in savings. And then I remember that I was literally digging for gas money under the seat of my car. We were putting off necessities like oil changes, new socks without holes in them, and new curtains for the living room (most definitely a necessity).
When you read our expenses below, you may be thinking that we just replaced our Target expenses with Walmart expenses. While I haven’t researched (or racked my brain) exactly what it was that we bought, I’m sure it was just general living expenses, like oil changing supplies, and not merely a shopaholic’s substitute for Target. Are you buying my excuses? Great, let’s get on to the good stuff.
TRADER JOE’S – $364
OTHER GROCERY – $157 (This is when my husband stops at the grocery store for breakfast or lunch at work, It’s way down from last month.)
GROCERY TOTAL – $521 (Woot, that’s half as much as it normally is!)
ETSY – $35
REI – $48 (I had no idea we had an REI problem.)
CHILDREN’S PLACE – $123 (My daughter’s summer clothes, don’t let me get any more.)
WALMART – $164 (Oil changing stuff is pricey these days.)
COSTCO – $50
AMAZON – $100 (Paying off Christmas)
TARGET – $0
SEARS – $71 (No idea what this was, I’m guessing tools.)
SHOPPING TOTAL – $629
I figured it was probably time to start factoring in my blog expenses, since I am incurring some on a monthly basis. It’s hard to look at this and not get discouraged, but I know it’s leading to greater things.
PIC MONKEY – $5
IZEA – $1
CREATIVE MARKET – $20 (Font bundle)
ADVERTISING – $29 (Facebook and Twitter boosts. It’s important to note this is for a few months of advertising, they just bill it out on a random schedule I’m not privy to yet.)
BLOG TOTAL – $55 (One of these days my return will be larger than my investment.)
TOTAL EXPENSES – $1,500 (I’m going to go ahead and give my husband and myself a pat on the back. Hopefully it wasn’t just an off shopping cycle which will make May twice as high.)
And now on to the BLOG INCOME portion. If this is your first time reading, you may be wondering why I’m adding this in as well… It is my goal to eventually be able to earn a full time income on this blog. While I am still a VERY long ways from that, I wanted to keep track from the beginning to help see what’s working and what’s not. So in the interest of budgeting, full disclosure, and full accountability, I invite you to follow along on my progress. (By the way if you are also interested in starting your own website, Bluehost is a great place to begin, and if you use this link it’s only $3.95/month.)
GOOGLE ADSENSE – $2.57
IZEA – $0
AMAZON – $0.55
TARGET – $0
THE HONEST COMPANY – $0
ZULILY – $0
BLOG INCOME TOTAL – $10.62
The good news is, I finally got a “legitimate” sell on Amazon. They’re so particular about not giving commissions off someone you know (though I highly question how they figure this out), I was on the verge of being kicked out of the program since my only purchases had been friends and family… supposedly.
It looks depressing at first, but now more than ever I’m excited to continue working towards the greater cause of growing a loyal reader base, and building awesome content.