Spending Strike: Day 16 - Beautifying Yourself on the Cheap Before Traveling

It's good to be home. Even if home is cold Eastern Iowa, and although it might seem like I was ready to rock that vacation {which I totally was}, my toes, however, were not.

In order to ensure I was beach-ready, I needed a manicure and pedicure. If we're being honest here, I also needed a spray tan.

Yeah, John and I were doing that trip on the cheap, but that doesn't mean we had to be the crusty, pale Iowans on the sandy shores of Mexico with a bunch of tan, beach bods.

There is an easy fix, however: I busted out all my manicure and pedicure tools and got all DIY up in here. I don't mean to brag, but I have a pretty good arsenal of supplies, and think I can do a job just as good as the professionals:


The spray tan, however, is another story. I would have loved nothing more than to have a slight bronzed glow when I arrived in Mexico, instead of on the last day. Call me superficial, but I also don't want to be the chubby pale girl on the beach. A subtle tan will hide some of those 'imperfections', right?

I really only had one option for paying for a spray tan, and that is using the remaining cash from my consignment money. I did it. I made the appointment, and the consignment money covered the cost of an airbrush spray tan and a tip.

My bestie (Hey, Kara!) gave me a coupon for the spray tan, because she knew I felt so guilty about breaking my spending strike, so I did save about $10 on the tan.

Folks, I busted the spending strike. Even though I used consignment money that I earned the first week of January, I am still marking it down.


Here are the numbers -

Money Spent Today: $20 on a spray tan
Running Total: $75
Money We Didn't Spend: $40 for a mani/pedi, earned $70 in consignment money, and $50 for resisting the Schwann's man and his enticing ice cream treats

2 comments:

  1. Girl, if you only spend $75 so far this month I would say you are kicking it! Awesome job! I've spent a lot more than that already! Also to go on vacation and resist spending money, Kuddos!!! Keep up the fantastic work!!!

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  2. Man, resisting Schwann's is tough. Probably the reason my hubby won't let me start them coming here! Way to go on the strike. You're doing a great job!

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