Sunday, January 27, 2013

Frugal Fabruary

The Premise

I intend to hard reset my spending/shopping habits and creativity by forcing myself to do more with less in the month of February.

Also, I intend to use awkward and unnecessary alliteration when referring to this endeavor, because that's how I do, yo.

The Rules

1.  From February 1st to February 28th, I shall not purchase a single item of clothing*, accessory, new home decor item, or makeup product.  I shall make do with my well-stocked closet and depend heavily on the miracle product known as coconut oil.

2.  When possible, I should attempt at finding new ways to wear my most neglected items of clothing. Successful ensembles shall be posted on my blog.  Should the use of the item result in really awkward and unflattering ensembles, said items of clothing will be delivered to Goodwill and/or Freestyle Clothing Exchange on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013.

4.  The purchase of one used/thrifted furniture home decor item under $40 is allowed, but only if I intend to refurbish it within the month of February.

5.  During this period of time, I am allowed to buy a purchase a single, medium-sized caffeinated refreshment of my choice go out to lunch with my fab lady co-workers once per week.

The Participants (will be edited as participants join)
  • Me
  • Mi madre
  • The seest
  • Several co-workers (their participation is 100% involuntary)
  • YOU!  Leave a comment and come along for the ride!
The Fine Print
*Two teeny-tiny (yet hella expensive) exceptions.  I kinda need to buy my bridesmaid's dress for The Seest's wedding within the next month and my bottom retainer broke and I need to replace it unless I want to develop a seriously messed up grill.   I promise not to derive pleasure either of these purchases.


  1. HOLA this is ELIZER... the man U love (after your husband, etc...)
    I love the idea of buying an item for under $40 to refurbish. It sounds like a great idea for a #FEBACT(february activity).

    You can also add more crafting in this month. A simple example is using a used candle jar, place in the freezer for a day. The next step is to empty the jar and then you can add your favorite decoration (for a center piece at the dining room anyone? )

    I use mine as a ashtray in my car (creative right?)

    1. I need to tell you about a local business that Jessica told me about! The concept is so neat - drink wine while taking a painting class. I need to figure out where it is so I can sign up!

      BTW, how dare you go to sushi without inviting me!

  2. I think the idea of a "frugal February" is great. Unfortunately your version is basically what I already do - I rarely buy clothes or home decor or makeup (I actually need to buy some clothes - I swear I cycle through the same 4 outfits at work) - my vice is food. So I may try to think up my own version. My birthday is on February though, so I may need to make exceptions...

    1. I wish my vice were food! I end up spending a ton on clothing/accessories and then scrimping on groceries. I'd like to use some of the savings on fruits and veggies so I can actually try out some of the recipes I've had pinned for a year or more.

      If you figure out a way to make it work, join in!