Anyway, no point crying over dry shampoo, in total this month I spent £11.14, which was over the £8.33 monthly expenditure needed to stay within the £100 per year budget for this challenge. This takes my total after Month 8 to £71.06/£100, so I have just under £29 to last me 4 months. Definitely need to tighten my belt again for sure, but it is still possible, I think.
Here's what I bought this month:
Distilled Witchhazel - £1.93 - My regular toner needed restocking this month.
Baptiste Dry Shampoo x 2 - £4.49 - My BOGOHP downfall this month, but it is great to have some again and I definitely shouldn't need to buy any more during this challenge.
Hairspray - 70p - Hooray, I used up the really inexpensive and ineffective stuff I bought last time and replaced it with some slightly more expensive, but much more effective supermarket branded hairspray which was actually in stock this month. (Must be a very popular choice as it had been out of stock in two separate stores last month).
Pantene Shampoo £1.44 - We completely ran out this month, so I couldn't avoid buying this.
Total Monthly Expenditure - £11.14
I did promise a photo of what was left of my stash this month, so here's a before and after.
This is the stash when I started this challenge, which as you can see was quite extensive, hence my success so far. I'd been squirrelling more and more stuff away for a while and it was getting a little silly.
And here is how the stash stands now.
At least it all fits in one photo now, well almost, as I do have some hotel freebies and samples to use up too, as shown here, which may come in handy if I start to run out of things towards the end of this challenge.
I was given a set of 4 soaps for Valentine's day this month, which did boost the stash a little more, but was very welcome as I was down to my last two soaps and I don't think OH would want to wash with violet scented soap, so it was probably a good thing. I must admit that one full unused tube of face wash was given to the charity shop, as I didn't like the feel of it on my skin and another face wash and the facial wipes I gave to Little Bird to use, which did help reduce the pile a bit. Everything else missing from the second photo I/we have either used or are using now.
There is a definite preponderance of hand and body lotions, face creams and hair conditioner, so I won't be needing to buy any of these items for a good while. I'm definitely going to try harder next month to come under budget and get back on track. Fingers crossed. (Purse shut is probably more appropriate!)