We’re one week into our no-spend month and things are going fine. When I announced that in April we would be having a no-spend month, I was excited that some of you wanted to join in or follow along. I am eager to hear how you are doing!
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what documenting my progress throughout the month would look like. I didn’t think there would be much to say. I wasn’t going to spend anything. End of story. The more I thought about it, the more I thought that it would be good to share the things I’ve done to prevent us from spending money.
What we’ve done to prevent spending
- For a friend’s baby shower, I gave a gift that was a combination of something cute I made and something from my baby gift stash that I stock when I get kids clothes super cheap.
- I made up a gallon of powdered milk so it’s convenient when I need milk for recipes. We reserve the regular milk (we still have just over 2 gallons) for drinking and cereal Sundays but use powdered milk in pancakes and any other baking and cooking. When the regular milk is gone, it will be powdered all around.
- I continue to pack lunches for my daughter and my husband and cook from scratch at home.
- Probably the main thing we’ve done to prevent spending is just not go to the store. I surely wouldn’t be able to resist those Cadbury mini eggs and creme eggs that would insist on jumping in my cart. (I’m really going to miss those those year.)
To appreciate this temptation, you have to understand that when we were in law school I would go yard sale shopping every Saturday morning (and sometimes on Thursday and Friday). We lived in the perfect area for yard sales. We got so many wonderful deals on pretty much everything we needed.
Then we moved to the boonies. Yard sales here are few and far between. In a year and a half I think I have been to three. I have been to some in town if we happen to be in town on a Saturday, but that’s also very rare.
I saw that a church near the elementary school was having a yard sale over the weekend. I weighed it in my head for a couple days before making my decision. I decided that I would go because it was yard sales close to home (by close, I mean only 10 minutes away). I gathered up all the cash I had here and there and went after picking up my daughter from school.
While there were lots of things, it was a very poorly organized sale. I’m kind of a yard sale snob (even in the boonies, apparently) because I have considerable experience in yard sale shopping and organizing. I have a hard time when nothing is priced and you have to ask about everything. I asked about a few things, but prices weren’t very reasonable (especially considering you had to dig through dusty boxes to find anything). Maybe it was all for the best. I went home with all the dollars I had scrounged up.
On the horizon
- I always make my kids (and sometimes the whole family) something special to wear on Easter. I’m a sucker for matching, so it’s usually a dress for my daughter and matching or coordinating ties for the boys. I need to look through my fabric stash and pattern stash to see what I’ve got and get a plan underway!
- In my last shopping trip on last month’s budget I bought $6 of Easter candy: 3 bags and not any of my favorites (otherwise they might not make it until Easter). I’m planning to made some homemade Easter treats for Easter baskets, but that will have to be a last minute thing if they are going to last!
- Next week I will be posting our no-spend month menu to give you an idea of what we’re eating.
How are you doing?
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?
Other Articles in the No-Spend Month Series
- Planning a No-Spend Month
- No-Spend Month Menu
- No-Spend Month Update- Easter Edition
- Does a No-Spend Month Really Save Money?
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