No Spend Month, Week One

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Well, I did really well on the first week of my No Spend Month. I technically started on Monday the 4th, not the first of the month.

Here is what my spending looked like:

$2.50 at Staples for school supplies. I simply couldn’t pass this one up! I got 20 free file folders, spiral bound notebooks for .05 apiece, and ten-pack bags of pencils and pens for .50 apiece. These will last me for a year so I don’t mind this purchase at all.

$0.95 for a library late fee (Ack! I call this Stupid Tax!) Don’t you just love the public library? It’s a frugal mom’s dream. I took the kids to the library Wednesday and we got a couple dozen books, and the movie Girl of the Limberlost (the Lactivist is always talking about the book, so when I spotted the movie I grabbed it. Haven’t watched it yet).

$1.98 at Starbucks.

Sunday I went out with a girlfriend for some grown up time. We were going to do something cheap (I told her about my No Spend Month),  just the two of us, but at the last second she called me saying her brother was in town from another state, and she and her hubs wanted to take him out to dinner, and would I meet them at a local restaurant ($20 a plate! Gulp!). She said she would understand if I didn’t come.

I told her she was worth it, so we went out. And at the end, her very hot and very sweet but unfortunately married brother picked up the check. Was that cool or what? It prevented me from going over budget!

So my grand total was less than $5 which puts me under budget! Yea!

And just today I discovered that Crunchy Chicken hosts an ongoing Buy Nothing Challenge so I am putting her button here: 

 Buy Nothing Challenge - August 2008

So congratulate me already! I put an extra $100 in the savings account above and beyond the usual auto deposit that goes in every month. :)

 

About Carrie

Happy wife, homeschooling mom of many, autodidact, best-selling Amazon author, blogger, head chef and barefoot walker. Residing just outside Atlanta, usually found reading a book while sipping a hot beverage.

Comments

  1. Whoo – congrats! That’s a tough challenge, but I know if my husband knew about it, he’d MAKE me take it ;-) lol! Keep up the good work!

  2. I am kinda doing this too. Kinda sorta…I decided to concentrate on putting money in savings…where I won’t spend it cause we don’t have overdraft and we get charged to transfer it back out. So I am forced to watch spending which hubby and I almost never do. Shameful. I don’t think he even knows how to check the balance.

    So far for August I have put $800 in there and paid all but two of our bills a month early. Amazingly I know we would find a way to piss that away if not put in savings. I know I can double this amount by months end.

  3. Great job on the first week of your no spend month! $5 is amazing work.

  4. 2.50 at staples! WOW!

    I wasn’t able to do this during August but plan on making September my month of no spending.

    Nell