Is that time of the month again whereby I’ll be sharing my ‘No Buy Challenge 2021’ update. This update was posted later than usual as I was busy with final semester assessment marking & faculty meetings.
March was super hectic and I can honestly say that my mental state wasn’t at its A-game! I was constantly down, feeling demotivated from work most of the time. Therefore, I finally gave in to my temptation in buying in the “WANTs” department. I know retail therapy isn’t the most proper way to make oneself feel better but I just feel like I deserve to reward myself.
Let’s dive into my small self rewards!
1. Crystal worth RM20
My kryptonite, crystal or should I say not my kryptonite anymore? Previously, I couldn’t control myself buying crystals but after not buying any for almost 3 months, I don’t go crazy anymore. I bought it during Instagram live and it’s the one that I’ve been meaning to get my hands on. The crystal is Pyrite, it’s one of the famous abundance related crystals. I’m very happy with my purchase as I only bought 1 piece. I can say that I’m proud with myself as I get to a hold of my temptation to buy more crystals.
2. Dessert & Coffee date – RM51
I went to hang out with my younger cousins mid March and thankfully that time, my husband was home so he took care of Carmen. My cousins & I went to visit this new Japanese themed dessert place in Putatan called MyKori and Tree Monk cafe in Kepayan area after that. It was fun that I get to enjoy good food, COFFEE & not forgetting good companies. I even vlogged about it and posted the video on my Youtube channel.
Okay, now move on to my spendings in March.
March Expenses Spending
I didn’t overbudget in this category even though I did cook up a storm during Easter Sunday, I even baked a burnt cheesecake.
2. Things for Carmen
Hahaha I really can’t help but buying new things for Carmen. Husband & I bought a few toys for Carmen so that she could train her hand movements. We bought her this small drum with the drumstick so that she can train her hands to beat the drum & eventually to use the drumstick to hit the drum in the near future. Since Carmen is teething, we also bought a few more of teething toys. I set RM50 for this category and I spent over RM80!
3. Food Delivery
After setting RM100 for this category, it was definitely the correct amount of money to set. I finally didn’t overbudget! As a matter of fact, I only spent RM89.85 including a birthday for my parents.
March in nutshell
I really did follow my heart & I was truly mindful on my spending. Although I was on the ‘down’ side in terms of emotion, I still get to control my impulses when purchasing things that I thought I can’t resist. I gave in, I bought crystal, yeah but I was so mindful of it. It’s not that I was resisting the urge to buy more, no that’s not the case. I actually don’t have the urge to even buy more. I told myself that I only wanted Pyrite & that was what I get. With the other beautiful crystals that were shown to me, I know what I want & I only get what I want. You see, our minds are really strong when we want them to be. And with practice, I guess I’ve achieved that state of mindfully purchase / mindfully frugal.
In the savings part, yes I still get to save more than 30% of my half-cut pay + i-Lestari. And since we won’t be receiving i-Lestari anymore, I expected that things are going to be hard. I just pray that March is the last month that we’ll have to experience this half-cut of our salary. If you’re reading this, please pray for me. I really need it.
Thank you for reading until the end of this blog post.