I recently got cut off by Tatiana (my mother). It was an incredibly dramatic week and a half. I had to sell clothes to buy tampons…
I asked my coworkers how I can live the poor life. I just don’t think I can stop shopping at Wegman’s or Whole Foods and just go to Stop and Shop. Wegman’s and Whole Foods are the best part of my shopping experience. I can’t order Cocobeet (a juice bar) and get it ubered to my apartment as delivery.
As you can see, I’m not the most fiscally responsible. I like nice shit. Not even nice shit…I’m just a little excessive in general. This isn’t going to be an article that teaches you how to save and put your money to good use, well directly at least. Just think of me as a bad role model in terms of spending habits. And overall life morale.
Here’s a little compilation of all my “unnecessary necessities.”
Monthly facial membership
I need this. I refuse to give this up. It’s on $70 a month and I’m sorry I like to keep my face on fucking point. AND even if I did cancel it, they need a 90-day notice, so I’d still have to spend $70 per month for the next three months. No need to cancel this. I will get facials monthly for the rest of my life. Thank you.
Classpass AND a personal trainer AND the 21 day fix
I recently got into a training program to be a spin instructor at one of the spin studios here in Boston, and I’m pretty stoked about it. That being said, I paused Classpass and I don’t see a personal trainer anymore, but I did have all of this shit at one time. Was this necessary? Absolutely not. But mama’s gotta work on her fitness because…okay I’m single and no one loves me for my personality so I need SOMETHING going for me.
Advocare just sitting in my cupboard
Another sort of “get fit” episode of mine. I blew $200 on Advocare, not saying it didn’t work, but some of the products are just sitting in my cupboard. Also, I don’t think I needed to spend $200 to learn I should have a protein, veggie and complex carb for every meal….
Three credit cards that I never pay off
Because the official cut-off, Taty convinced me that if I close out my credit cards, she’ll pay me $100 a pop. These was a sweet deal for the random credit cards I never use like Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, Target…the list goes on, but this is an impossible task for my Capitol One and Bank of America visas. Ever heard the term, living beyond your means? Well these credit cards are the reason why I can “afford” juice cleanses, a personal trainer, monthly facials, grocery trips to Whole Foods and so on and so forth. I’m making my best effort to pay them off. I think I can do it over the next few months (I’ve been saying that for the past year, but I REALLY mean it this time).
Products specifically for my vajay
I treat my vagina very similarly to how I treat my face. I pretty much have a skincare routine for my vagina. Sounds weird, but I grow hair very lightly and it’s actually a hassle. Last year I ran out of my package for European Wax Center and I highly regret not renewing right away because I was in such a good place in my life. Monthly waxes are a necessity. Since my hair grows really slowly, I get terrible razor burn and my skin gets really sensitive when I shave. My products definitely help, but I need to get back on my monthly wax schedule, which is also a pretty penny.
#Realtalk though, I’ve made a (somewhat) serious effort to stop spending so much. I went to Star Market the other day instead of Whole Foods, and it actually wasn’t too bad. I also can probably sell more clothes because a lot of my clothing I don’t even wear. Since being cut off for almost two weeks now, I realized that we should only keep the things that really bring us joy and happiness. We only need so much to really survive, and while budgeting is really difficult, it’s finding all of the little unnecessary spending habits you can kick to the curb.
MARK MY WORDS: I’ll have two credit cards paid off by March.