I hope you each had a happy Easter! We enjoyed beautiful spring weather while celebrating the most significant event in the history of the world!
April has flown by! We’re starting the last week of our No-Spend Month! So far our no-spend month is going as planned. Our debt payment this month should reflect this sacrifice. Stay tuned next week for that.
Where We’ve Spent
- I spent about $30 to mail baby clothes to my sister. When I had my first boy, my sister gave me all her baby boy clothes (see more ways to get kids clothes free or cheap). After two girls, she is having another boy any day now. I used her boy clothes for both of my boys. I picked out the best things and jam-packed a box with something like 15 pounds of baby boy clothes. I meant to have them sorted, packaged and sent at the end of last month, but it just didnt’ get done. Since she is due soon, I couldn’t wait until next month.
For those of you who are thinking that paying postage for a bunch of used clothes is not very frugal, let me explain. Since the clothes (which are my sister’s entire boy stash) belong to my sister, I really wanted to get them back. She was generous to lend us those clothes, which saved us lots of money in clothing our boys. Spending $30 to send them back to her is small price to pay for the use we got out of them. Babies grow so fast, that the clothes still look nice.
Where We’ve Saved
- I love making special Easter outfits for my kids. My mom often sewed matching dresses for my sisters and me, which is a tradition that I wanted to continue. I sewed the dress for my daughter and the bow ties for my sons with fabric I already had in my fabric stash. In fact, the fabric is from a duvet cover that I got at a rummage sale years ago for $1. I had already used the fabric for a dress for her when she was little.
I used notions and a pattern that I already had in my stash. I got white sandals for my daughter several months ago at the thrift store for a dollar or two. They were new (still had the tag), but one of the straps was broken. With a couple of stitches, I mended the sandal to make it as good as new!
- Another tradition we have is Easter baskets. I spent $6 on Easter candy last month. I also used some non-Easter candy that we had on hand. My kids don’t care weather it is shaped like an egg or not– candy is candy. I re-used plastic Easter eggs saved from years past. I included a few small things (wooden games, new underwear, stickers, kaleidoscopes) from our gift box. My mother-in-law got the new heavy duty garden trowels to go in their baskets. We made finding the baskets part of the fun. My husband made treasure hunt clues for the kids to follow to find their baskets.
- We dyed eggs laid by our chickens. Even though the eggs are various shades of brown and tan, they still take the color just fine.
- We got together with some other friends for a play date. I had recently told my friend about my blog (see how I’m practicing what I preach about disclosing debt!). As we were leaving, she totally surprised me with a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs. She saw that I was really missing them this year and made a special trip to the store to get some for me. They were just as wonderful as I had remembered. Is that true friendship, or what?
- We ate asparagus, spinach, chard, and lettuce from the garden.
- We had a park date with friends in town(two play dates in one week is unusual, but it was spring break last week). My mother-in-law had some appointments in town the same day, so we all rode together. She offered to drive. It’s 20 miles each way to town, so that saved us a couple gallons of gas! It’s too early to say, but it looks like we might be under on gas this month even though gas is up to $4 a gallon. Saving on gas is a nice side benefit of a no-spend month!
- When we run out of bread before I have a chance to make bread, we have pancake sandwiches for lunch. This isn’t a new thing for us, but I thought I’d mention it since I did it this morning. I just make pancakes from our homemade pancake mix for breakfast and then use the leftover pancakes to make peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunch. My husband thinks it’s a fun (and yummy) change from regular PBJs.
How are you doing?
Once again, I look forward to hearing how you are doing, whether you are having an all-out no-spend month or doing some calculated budget downsizing for the month.
- What successes have you had? How have you avoided spending?
- What challenges or temptations have you faced?
If you missed the other posts in the No-Spend Month series, you can read:
- Planning a No-Spend Month
- No-Spend Month Update
- No-Spend Month Menu
- Does a No-Spend Month Really Save Money?