We’re on the home stretch of our no-spend month! Just one week left! We maintained our resolve to not spend money on food, entertainment, household items, or anything that isn’t gas or a regular bill. There were some temptations this week though.
It really helps to have all of you as my virtual accountability partners. Accountability was one of my reasons for starting this blog. Knowing that I will be writing about what I do with my money makes me even more conscious of how I handle it. I definitely recommend writing down your goals and telling someone about them.
I nearly fell into temptation twice this week. One time it was without thinking, when I was at home and my guard was down. The other time I was close to making a conscious decision to buy something, blaming it on an unplanned situation. Thankfully I stopped myself both times.
A couple days ago, I saw something on Amazon, that has become my biggest temptation. In fact, I almost ordered one without even thinking about it being a no-spend month. The new 7″ Kindle Fire is only $49! In fact, you can get a “six pack” where the 6th one is free! They are trying to market it as “one for every room in the house,” which is kind of funny to me, but really a fantastic deal.
For our family (we limit media quite a bit), it’s probably too much to get each kid their own device, but thinking about long car trips makes it pretty tempting. I’m thinking we’ll get one for me, one for my husband, and one for the kids to share (we’ll regulate their time on it). We will save them as Christmas presents.
They don’t officially release until September 30th, so waiting until October 1st shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t imagine the price will change before then. In fact, maybe I’ll see if I can earn some Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks in the mean time.
I had to take my littlest in for a weight check this week. At her four month appointment, her weight had fallen way off her normal curve (which is somewhere in the 90th percentile). The good news was her weight jumped way back to where it should be on her normal curve (instead of just correcting itself to somewhere in between). I really didn’t do much different since I just nurse her on demand anyway.
The bad news was that she has a rather bad ear infection. I had no idea, though her poor sleeping lately should have clued me in. I had them send her antibiotics prescription to the store across the street, which is most convenient, but it also meant that I had thirty minutes of browsing while I waited. Ugh. Not what I wanted to do during a no-spend month.
In my browsing time, I did a little product research on some things that are on my future “to buy” list. Then I remembered that there were some free Shopmium rebates (and some that were free after referral credit) that I could also take advantage of!
Side note about Shopmium: What I love about Shopmium is that your rebates are credited to your PayPal account within a day or two, unlike other cash back companies where you have to accrue a certain minimum before you’ll get your money. When you sign up on your smartphone and enter my code FKEEYMRJ, you’ll get a free Lindt chocolate bar.
I mentioned in my newsletter that we’ve been busy with a lot of fun activities this week. We went to the Circus on Friday– our first time ever! I got the tickets free with referral credit I had on Living Social. The kids were tempted to buy things while we were there (especially the three-year-old), but I sure wasn’t. It would be pretty hard to tempt me with a lemonade that costs $7 or a big balloon for $3. In fact I was pretty surprised at how many parents do shell out the big bucks for all the extras. Clearly I’m sheltered in my own frugal world. On Saturday we got together with friends for a very fun activity. I’ll be sharing more on it later.
We’ve been down to powdered milk for the past week. The kids and husband are troopers and never seem to mind (or notice) the difference. I’m the one who is not a big fan.
There are a couple things you can do to improve the taste of powdered milk. Since the kids don’t mind it, I usually don’t do these anymore, but for those of you who are having a hard time selling powdered milk to your family, here are a couple tips:
- Add a pinch of sugar. Yes, sugar. I’m talking like no more than a tablespoon. We’re not making Kool-Aid here.
- Add a splash of vanilla.
- Serve it very cold. One of the biggest turnoffs for me is that freshly mixed powdered milk is never cold enough.
With a couple of tweaks your family might be able to drink powdered milk without any complaints. For cooking and baking, they’ll never know the difference.
How About You?
- What spending temptations did you face this week?
- How are you doing on your challenge this month?
- Does your family like powdered milk?
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