So it’s that time again for a monthly update on how I’m doing with my yearlong limited spending challenge.

This is the challenge I decided on at the end of 2020–instead of trying to do ‘no-spend’ months (and end up splurging to no end)–I decided that I would just try to ‘limit’ the spending.

January saw me off to a great start; February, the road bumps started; and now–I think that while I hit a few more road bumps I’m doing okay.

So while I splurged again on books–majority of them were free, as I had gotten an email (or two) from a couple of authors I follow that had a link to numerous free books (one-day only deal). I think that the only book I got that day that wasn’t free was only $2.99.

I did buy several professional development books, that will be added to my to-be read in 2021 list:

The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler

The Freelance Introvert: Work the way you want without changing who you are by Tom Albrighton

Copywriting made simple: how to write powerful and persuasive copy that sells by Tom Albrighton

The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify your strengths and create success on your own terms by Beth Buelow

In addition I also purchased another professional development course on copy writing that I will slowly be working through over the next few months.

Mid-month, I purchased a birthday present for my niece, and then did my one large order from amazon that included some essentials along with a few other things (index cards–for flash cards, an index card holder & divider and a couple of books on spirituality).

So looking forward to April–I have five to seven books either already pre-ordered or will be pre-ordered once the link comes up. I think there may be one, possibly two that might have their downloads push back (but that has happened several times already). I alos have already placed my one large order with amazon (and hopefully shouldn’t have to reorder anything), and then will have my small monthly shipment at the end of the month.

So, while I haven’t done as well as I did in January–I think that I now can recognize the road bumps and possibly just move around them without spending the extra money (though buying books to read is never a waste of money as far as I’m concerned). Since I’ve purchased a couple of additional personal/professional development books–if I feel like I need any more I will need to have written and posted at least three reviews on personal/professional development books that I’ve read this year.

My overall goal for this challenge is to prove to myself that I can make it through a month (or longer) without having to purchase things to keep me ‘occupied’–and I’m slowly working my way towards that view. I know that it won’t be a perfect road, and that I will go ‘oh, new book-buy’ every so often–but I’m getting better, and that is one of the mantras for the year: “Progress over Perfection”.