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


  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!!!

  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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