Blogging can be a bit hard at times. Taking into consideration your budget, your time, and a whole lot of demand for fresh content which at times can make you go a bit – a la broke without a bottomless bank account. I have a full time job during the day and while I blog by night, I find that although new products are coming out literally almost daily, sticking to my budget can be super, super and I mean SUPER hard while tugging on my purse strings. A high end beauty launch here, and a must have limited edition collection launch here, topped with the famous drugstore launches that sell out quickly- blogging can get a bit costly. So in a ode to saving my pennies, here is a bit of a different post I like to call- Blogging on a Budget….
Don’t believe the hype- I am one who is super, super guilty of falling into this trap and literally running out and buying everything. Being an avid reader of beauty blogs daily, and seeing so many great products reviewed by ladies that I truly trust, makes it super hard to not run out and get that Anastasia, Laura or Phyrra enabled purchases. Being a super compulsive shopper also doesn’t help. However I have learned that every now and again, what works for one person, doesn’t always work for the other. And using my rule of thumb has really began to help a ton- ‘ If I am thinking about it by the time the weekend comes- then it lands into the must have list’. Which lets face it, if I am lusting for a product for over a week, it is inevitable that I will get it.
Stay Creative- This rule of thumb is way harder than it is easier, but after learning to become blog organized- I have found a way to come up with a new way to reintroduce old products. At one point in the past year with this here blog, I focused a lot on reviews of single products, but through the past year I have learned sometimes its a good, make that GREAT thing to ‘shop the stash’ or to come up with a new series to bring out old products. Coming up with a new way to bring out the once loved products helps both the mind stay creative and the checkbook happy. Double score!
Make the most of what you have- Now this is one thing I am learning to use. I have wayyyyyyyyy to many eyeshadows and mascaras that I literally am not sure in this lifetime I will use them all. I know that is so bad. So what I have started to do, is challenge myself with little things like ‘no buy months’ or telling myself I have to use up a certain product in order to buy something in the same category. Obviously if it is something that I think would look great on a friend or family member, I often will just hand it over to someone who I know will use it more than just letting it sit in the drawer- hoping to be selected in the next ‘Shopping the Stash’.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff– If are sitting at home wondering how the heck you are going to be able to pay your rent this month, thanks to that over priced purchase of the new Chanel foundation- then chances are your reader will be in the same boat. I follow many blogs who only use high end products, but in all honesty I know I can’t afford every Chanel nail polish or see spending $50 on a lip balm every time a new one comes out. Have I splurged on items before- of course, but will I ever continue to splurge knowing I wont be able to pay my bills if I splurge- NO! I learned along time ago, to just remain true to myself and buy what I can afford without putting myself into big time debt. Write what you know, stick with who you are and produce good content- blogging isn’t good because of your budget. Its good because of you! Some of the best posts are created while on a budget….
Do you have any helpful tips for blogging on a budget?