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Frugal February

By Alustforallseasons @bgstrzelczyk

Frugal February

{Adorable piggy bank available only on Target.com}

I've recently become obsessed with LearnVest -- an online budget management website similar to mint.com but geared towards women (so it's way prettier). Featured in this month's Marie Claire, LV is a a fantastic tool for tracking your spending (with color-coded folders) and it also has advice from financial experts -- including articles on shopping (how to resist sales, why online shopping is dangerous, etc.), investing, and pretty much everything else I've ever wanted to know about my moneyz.
My absolute favorite free feature is the 15-day Get Out of Debt bootcamp. You guys, this is SO good. In addition to daily "To-Do's" to get control of your spending stat, they also have great tips-- like how to successfully negotiate for a lower APR on your CC (which I did!). I'm only on Day 5 but I feel more in control of my finances than I have in a long time (probably since I had an adorable piggy bank*).
So in an effort to make the most out of my new found love of budgeting, I've decided to be super frugal for the month February (naturally I pick the shortest month of the year).
What exactly does this mean?
Basically -- no CVS. Seriously that drugstore's beauty section is my weakness -- it's a huge problem. I'm not even going to let myself walk into the store for an entire month. It also means no trips to the local coffee shop after lunch since I don't just buy a latte -- I also get a cookie or a cupcake. If my math is correct, these two little things could save me an embarrassingly large amount of money. Oh and clothes. No clothing or accessory or shoe purchases -- regardless of how great the sale is.
So ... we'll see. I'll keep you updated on how it goes. (Gulp.)
Any advice out there for how to save/tackle debt/not go to CVS? 
*Sidebar: I just remembered I had a piggy bank with hand-painted cherries on it as a kid. It was ceramic and you had to break it with a hammer to get your money. After collecting change for, like, EVER (i.e., a month), I decided I wanted my money and broke into it. And then I cried because my piggy bank was ruined. Not going to lie -- I'm slightly sad right now thinking about it. The end.
Oh and in case you're wondering -- no one paid me to say nice things about LV. I am legitimately so excited about a financial-planning website that I decided to share it with everyone. You're welcome.


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