In order to really execute the No Spend Month we needed to have a plan. This started by creating a list of things we could and could not spend money on. Behold!
First we laid out all the things we could spend money on. These we labeled necessities: gas, bills, medical. Then we also agreed that we’d have to spend money on what we considered depletables. So, groceries and toiletries. With the groceries we challenged ourselves, in the spirit of no spending, to only spend $250 total on food for our house. To date we’ve spent $150 $100 MORE TO GO! Toiletries are something else we could not go 1 month without if we ran out of. We also pledged to try to make stuff work, like sharing toothpaste instead of having two different kinds, digging through the linen closet to find those rogue shampoos and conditioners and when we do have to buy, trying to get the store or cheaper brand option.
Now the tough part. What we CANNOT spend the money on: going out to eat (boo!), movies, clothes, itunes, snacks at work and other non-necessities. I have to be honest, no snacks at work have been hard. Thankfully, I have a prepaid card which I decided totally doesn’t count as spending money, but today MB threw down and claimed it does. Eating out has been much easier on my waistline (have I mentioned I lost three lbs this week?!) and we feel better about having more time at home. See, not spending any money essentially means going NOWHERE. Having all this time to spend together, relaxing in the house getting stuff done has been awesome. I really like spending time with my husband.
Not spending any money has also caused me to be resourceful in ways I didn’t think possible. Like giving myself my own manicure.
Not bad no? I’m really excited to see how much was save over this month. And I’m also excited about how many breadsticks I eat when we once again can dine at the Olive Garden!
Would you do a no spend month?