Saving Some, Spending Some – Weekly Update

I definitely feel like a bit of a different person when the temperature hits 50 and above. I truly feel new, positive energy circulating in my blood. Even though it’s cooling off again, the recently sunny and warm week in NYC was exactly what I needed to start getting myself together and out of the winter slumber. It felt awesome leaving a winter jacket at home, strolling the streets just wearing a hoodie and a light scarf.

My hood in Queens 🙂

I spent a bit more money this week than I usually do (on top of the set expenses). I am just going to say it how it is – I got myself some retail therapy. Gulp. But fear not, I did not go too crazy or anything, and did not break the bank but I do feel I am all ‘spent out’ for this and possibly the next month. I got myself two tops at the Crossroads Trading shelling out $18, I also spent more than I usually do on household / personal care. This included a bulk purchase or dishwashing liquid and toothpaste that I wrote about yesterday as well as a ‘nicer’ bottle of sunscreen and a ‘fancier’ make up. On top of it I missed to bring lunch to work one day (too tired the night before to even think of it) and spent $11 that day, and last but not least T. and I went to Samurai Mama today and spent $35 on (oh so delicious) udon lunch deal. We called it our monthly date day and just enjoyed it.

As you can see, lots of $$ spent this past week. But that’s ok, no regrets on any of these but I will definitely watch my wallet a bit closer in March.

The priority #1 is saving as much as possible this year, this has not changed.

In Willy, Brooklyn.

Let’s see how I managed to save money –

1. One day this week Payless had 60% off clearance +15% off online order. I actually put 3 pairs of flats (!) into a basket but have not checked out. Winning. I also unsubscribed not to receive any more ‘tempting’ emails.

2. I sold a couple of items on eBay netting $47.56. I still have several more items to list but am procrastinating too much to actually get to it. Maybe tomorrow 😉

3. I fixed one item of clothing (falling out button and a torn pocket)

4. At this point I basically eliminated the use of paper towels (except for removing grease from potato latkes). I have a stash of approximately 50 kitchen towels (of various sizes) which last me for 2 weeks in between the laundry days.

5. I am trying to max my 401k for the year by end of April (which is when I will start looking for a new job) and I am happy to report I am staying on track. Half way there!

How are YOU saving (spending?) money.




  1. Katy says:

    Hello! I stumbled across your blog via the non-consumer advocate.

    We also have eliminated paper towels! We’ve been going on 7+ years of a paper free kitchen 🙂

    I have a GIANT pile of stuff I’ve been meaning to post on ebay! So awesome you made $40+!!!

  2. SimpleIsGood4U says:

    Hi Katy 🙂 Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by!

    We are in the same boat about eBay. Not sure why I feel so lazy and procrastinating with posting all my items. I do like making $$ though so I need to get to it one of these days 😉

    I like ‘A Bird with a View” Very much up my alley. I will be stopping up more often to see how you are saving money.

    Have a great rest of the week.

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