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March 2015: Final Budget & Goals

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Holy moly, it feels like we haven’t talked about numbers in a while. I’ve been so transfixed on all the ways minimalism has changed my life lately that I nearly forgot how to format this post. ;)

For new readers – and I know there are many of you, based on stats and all the wonderful emails and comments you’ve sent me this month (hi!) – this isn’t just a minimalism blog (contrary to the last many posts, hehe). I started Blonde on a Budget four years ago when I was maxed out with nearly $30,000 of debt and used it to stay accountable as I paid it all off. While I’ve branched into new topics, as I’ve taken on challenges like the shopping ban, my debt repayment journey will always be at the core of my story.

I don’t write about money as often as I used to, but I will always share my monthly budgets with you. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t started tracking my spending and figuring out how to budget my money. It’s second nature to me now, though – so much, in fact, that this month I actually challenged myself to not write a budget, track my spending or compare budgeted amounts vs. actual amounts spent. Instead, I wanted to see if I could just spend money and hit my usual targets. Let’s see how I did…

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Intentional Living: Take Care of Yourself First

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Before I jump into this post, I want to congratulate the winners of last week’s giveaway: Deborah and Jon W! Your copies of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up will be mailed out this weekend. :)

Hi, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, eh? For new readers, I used to do this weekly update where I sort of filled in the blanks on how I was trying to live a more intentional life. I ended up making the intentional decision to stop posting them every week, but I was thinking it’d be nice to do them occasionally still – maybe on the last Friday of each month? Let’s try it!

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Minimalism Isn’t a Numbers Game

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Last week, I announced I’d done one final declutter and had officially removed 65% of my belongings from my home; this means I’m living with just 35% of what I once owned (which are now 100% of my belongings and there’s literally nothing left to get rid of). For the first time, since starting on this journey, I felt a tiny bit of pushback from a few readers/followers. It wasn’t negative, but the concern was that I’d potentially given away too much, and a few people even wrote to say they wished they could do the same but they’d never be able to do what I had done. The minute I read that, I knew I wanted to write this post.

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