So our second week of no spending is complete. Yay! This is definitely getting harder. I think the hardest part of the challenge is the eating aspect. Cooking every meal every day has been tough! I try to make enough so that we’ll have left overs…but even then it’s the same thing. I also had to pay to get my wisdom teeth pulled which will be at the end of the month….! Ah I’m nervous!! And we had to pick up some shoes for our little one. I got two pairs for $7 at Once Upon a Child. She needs them for daycare, which she’ll be at when I have to get my teeth pulled…! Sorry I’m scared. Haha, but my husband will be there for four days to help me afterwards with everything.
So happy were half way done!
Wow so our no spending month did not go off so well! I did a big grocery trip to prepare for eating in for a month. Then we ran out of dog food. Then we ran out of milk that weekend for the baby… We just switched from formula so needless to say it was shocking at first how fast she goes through a carton of milk! Now I’ve armed myself with a gallon. My husband ran over a nail the day before the month started so we had to buy new tires. Then the internet kinda crashed on my computer. Awesome. So we had to purchase a new wireless router (which ours is about 5 years old anyways) But in the process of trying to figure out the problem we knocked our wireless printer off the network and we need the usb cord that I accidentally threw out thinking it was for the old printer… another $15 dollars! Not exactly how I anticipated the month starting. BUT we’re still going strong! despite all those set backs.
We made some awesome sweet and sour chicken with veggie fried rice. It was great! and we made enough to have dinner and lunch for both of us for two days. Can’t beat that.
I also made an eggplant lasagna, modified a little. A great recipe and dinner for two nights!
I hope the rest of the month runs a little smoother!
What’s a girl to do?! A whole month of NO spending!
Over the last few months I’ve been going through our finances with a fine toothed comb. Tracking every bill and expense, and driving my husband crazy. I’ve also been browsing the internet looking for tips on how to save money. I found some great information on The Budget Mama and Living Well Spending Less.
How you decide to tackle this challenge is up to you and your family. This is definitely something you want to discuss with your spouse. You should both be on the same page as to what’s acceptable and what’s not. Tony and I have decided that gas, diapers, and a few groceries, like milk, fruit, and veggies, are okay, and of course all our bills. Some people use this financial ‘purge’ to clean out their pantries and freezers. So bottom line NO fast food, NO eating out, NO trips to Walmart/Target, NO new clothes, NO unnecessary spending.
We are going to start this August 1st. We are still recovering from a two and a half week vacation to FL, so I think this will be great for our bank account. You don’t realize how much those little trips to Walmart add up. Plus it’s only 31 days…. I think we can do it! I’ll be updating every week to let you know how things are going. Wish us luck as I try to mentally prepare myself for this… =)