Every year I find it nearly impossible to go Christmas shopping without purchasing at least one or two items for myself. I always find unbeatable sales on a whole host of items I want but don’t need. Throughout the rest of the year I can suppress the urge to buy, but during the holiday season I typically succumb at least once.
Rather than feeling guilty about purchasing gifts for myself this holiday season, I decided to work a little extra money in my Christmas budget. Alongside my mom, dad, husband, brother, niece, nephew, etc. I created a little line item for myself.
Yesterday I headed over to Ann Taylor Loft and purchased two new blouses and a beautiful pair of earrings. The blouses were 80% off of their original retail price and the earrings were 60% off. I bought all three items without feeling guilty and I didn’t blow my budget. In fact, so far this season I’ve managed to stay within a few dollars of the limits I imposed for all of my family members. This may be the first year that I actually stick to my budget.