No Spend Challenge

or in my case a not spending much challenge.  I’m joining Sara over at Learning the Frugal Life on a spending challenge this month.  I’m going to post my goals below and update on Fridays on how I’m doing.  I’ll still be doing my how I saved posts on Wednesdays so it’ll be Saving Wednesday and Spending (or lack of) Fridays.  Remember if you decide to challenge yourself to this you need to set realistic goals for yourself otherwise one slip up can led you to feel defeated.

  1. Keep almost all spending below $60 a week.
  2. Keep gas spending down as low as possible.  My gas bills are going to go up since I have to take Shawn to daycare everyday but I’m going to try and run all my errands when I’m out.
  3. We will not be eating out.  You spend lots of extra money eating out, the food is not better than you can make at home and you consume a lot more calories when out then at home.
  4. I’ll continue shopping for the free/super cheaps at CVS, Walgreens, Publix, Target, and a few things at Walmart.  But we’ll only be buying those items unless we absolutely need it.
  5. I will have a few extra expenses this month since we have 4 birthdays in October but I’ll be working on keeping those costs as low as possible.
  6. I have some birthday money left to spend since I’ve been told no paying bills with it so any of that shopping will not be included.

Please feel free to join us on this adventure.  We can all use to save a little extra money and without spending means we can put more into savings.  To add to our savings Dave is keeping his eyes out for any available overtime and I’m getting some stuff ready to sell on ebay and starting to prepare for a yard sale late this month or early October.

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Anonymous said...

Hi, I just stumbled across your blog- love it! We are doing something very similar in my home- we are tightening the budget and shopping with low amounts per week. I got $180 worth of stuff for $80 last week and this week so far I got $130 worth of stuff for $30. #4- well said. Only get it if you need it or can use it now or in the near future. I've also started telling everyone that I will take their old coupons-- they are coming out of the woodwork and I'm thrilled! I'm getting multiples of some really good ones and have gotten lots of stuff for free or very close to free... it takes a little more effort to save a lot of money- but its working out so far.

I work til midnight so I do my shopping late at night and take my time- no kid or hubby with me shopping whining that its taking too long- I'm excited to read your blog entries.

Kim P. Cleveland OH

Tiffany said...

Kim I'm glad you found me. Feel free to share your great shopping excursions with us. We all learn from each other. Make sure you visit (link on the lower left side) they always have good coupons and you and your family can print 2 per computer.

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