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June 11, 2014

Small Target Haul

target ecard
Do you ever feel like you are going crazy because of the fact that you “have been so good” at keeping to your budget? I get like that every once in awhile. Since starting my Learning to Live Minimally goals in 2011 (where I decided I was going to makeover my big spending habits), my empties series, and since making my budget even smaller after moving – I’ve been doing great! Almost no frivolous spending. I buy only what I need and only if I have the room for it. I’ve also made more of a habit of de-cluttering and having garage sales.

But, every few months I feel like all this “being good” drives me crazy. I was never the kind of shopper that really planned out my purchases, I would just enjoy going into a store and browsing. I love browsing! I could be in a store for an hour and leave with less than five things. So now that I’ve been forcing myself to plan my purchases more often… it just gets annoying after awhile.

So for the month of June I gave myself a present. $30. It doesn’t sound like a lot but I was so excited this morning to go to Target with $30 to spend on anything I wanted, without putting too much thought into it. Now I can go back to keeping my usual budget. You just need to reward yourself every once in awhile, you know?

Here is my haul from Target, minus the candy and soda I bought. Hey, if I can buy anything I want – I’m going to get a few $1 candies.

small target haul

For weeks I’ve been wanting the Jergens natural glow tanner. I saw this video from two Summers ago when I was using Jergens regularly and I was so impressed with my tan. Now, let’s hope this $9 lotion lasts more than a month. It was the first thing I ran towards when I walked into the store.

burts bees hibiscus

Afterward, I immediately walked towards the Burt’s Bees aisle. I call it the Burt’s Bees aisle but their products really only take up about a quarter of the natural beauty aisle. I browsed a little bit before I ended up buying the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus. It really feels just like a chapstick but it has a gorgeous “your lips but better” look. Check it out above, along with my no-makeup face.

jewelry haul elephant necklace from target

Last, before heading to the counter to pay I took a look at the jewelry section. You may know from my brow routine and ootd video that I’m trying to get a little more involved in fashion. To my very happy surprise, I found a dainty elephant necklace! For $10 I got both an elephant necklace and a tree of life necklace (it was a two-pack). In the picture above I wore them both together but I’ll be wearing them separately in most cases. I freaked out a little because I’ve been dying to get this elephant necklace from dogeared and it costs over $50. What a great dupe! I wanted a necklace to remind me of my new website, Elephants Remember Love, so I hope it’ll inspire my writings.

The rest of my $30 I spent on candy, ha!

What would you buy with $30?


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  • Mary

    I’ve been doing to minimal living thing for a while, only buying things when absolutely necessary. For $30 I think I would get something from earthly body (their lotion is amazing) and if I have anything left over I would buy some socks for my husband.

    June 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      There is nothing nicer than a new pair of socks! My Mom buys me new fuzzy socks every year for Christmas and I look forward to it.

      June 12, 2014 at 11:42 am Reply
  • Zoe

    wow what great purchases for $30! it seems like a great plan, you really appreciate it when it’s not normally a part of your budget. I’ll be tightening up my budget soon since I have to buy a car, but it is nice to have fun every once in awhile. I bought a couple books, a purse, and a pair of shoes lately. The purse was for a wedding (i only own a very beat up one that wouldn’t work) but in general it was just a few fun purchases to treat myself. I also bought my mom two things at the same time (shoes and a face serum), which made me feel even better, just to surprise her :)

    June 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      That’s so sweet! I’m sure your Mom really appreciated the gift. Yes, definitely – it’s much easier to appreciate a little shopping when you don’t get to do it very often.

      June 12, 2014 at 9:26 am Reply

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