Like me, I’m sure many of you are beauties on a budget. While I enjoy certain luxuries of my New Jersey life, I definitely miss the affordable living of my Georgia roots. I pay almost double for a studio in Jersey than what I paid in Georgia for a two-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, living room, dining room and backyard that I rarely used due to unidentifiable bugs and deathly heat.
People told me the expenses would all balance out because people “up north” get paid more. I quickly discovered that to be a big fat lie. The few extra dollars doesn’t cover the significantly higher housing expenses, tolls to and from work (I freakin’ hate those things at $3 a day), gas and even groceries are more. I’m a girly girl and as bad as it sounds, I was a little worried about having to surrender my beauty and leisure lifestyle.
But after subtracting my monthly bills from what I brought home, I was able to make due with the money I had left, have extra on the side and stay cute! Here are a few practices I incorporated into my budget. I hope they help the budget beautynista in you!