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Jan No Spending Challenge- are you still with me?

post #1 of 184
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I have decided that for the month of January I'm not going to buy anything that is not food, body care, or cleaning products. Anyone want to join me? We can start a support group and talk about those great things we want to buy but will wait on.
post #2 of 184
I could probably join as right off hand I cant think of anything I will need to buy that is out of the catagorys you mentioned.

I do have a Christmas gift certificate (dh )that I will be spending on some decor for my bedroom does that count?
post #3 of 184
I am honestly thinking of joining you.

I would desperately need support : Especially if I included no eating out or coffee from the gas station.
post #4 of 184
we have a very tight winter budget in place as of this week that calls for NO EXTRAS (even food and body care-wise....so i started the no shampoo thing last week, and we are gunna eat out of the pantry and only get nessessities-like life or death NEEDS) luckily, i saw this coming and paid for co-ops and stuff last week...

i have some stuff for ebay, so that will help, but i was hoping to drive to florida in january (VERY cheap vacation as we could stay with my sister, who is dying to see the new baby) but dont even think the few hundred dollars for gas and food will be squeezed free
post #5 of 184
This sounds like fun, but I don't think I can do it. My DH's birthday is in January, so I'll be getting him something that I already have chosen out. And we HAVE to get another car. We can't afford our car payment and my BIL works with a guy who has a car he's willing to sell us for $300. We can't afford to pass that up. Not sure HOW we'll do it, but we have too.

Other than that though I'm really hoping to not spend any money on things that are necessities.
post #6 of 184
Thread Starter 
Cool! Glad to have the support!

My exception will be to buy new walking shoes b/c the old ones are hurting my back and knees. I got them 3 years ago. My dad already gave me $ to buy them so that won't count as money spent. But that's it.
post #7 of 184
Great Idea!

I don't think I'll join you (we'll be spending some Christmas $ and DD's birthday is in January) but it is certainly something to think about.

Thanks
post #8 of 184
: Not sure I can completely do this but I am definitely going to try to join you all for some inspiration!
post #9 of 184
Are we allowed to buy gas or bus passes?

Namaste!
post #10 of 184
Count me in! I'll have to buy gas, but not that much!!
post #11 of 184
So glad I saw this after I bought a little yarn with my Christmas gift money from my ILs.

So would it break the challenge to buy the things I need to go to a friend's mother blessing this week? What about buying things to make the gifts I need to make for the 4 birthdays in Feb?
post #12 of 184
I'm in too...this week is our "eat from the pantry and freezer and frig" week after all the xmas spending. I will buy some knitting needles tommorow to finish a project without all my stitches ending up on the floor (I'm using metal now and I'm not good enough to fix them if they do fall off ). We did spend our Marshalls gift card today but bought only stuff we would need to buy anyways such as a saucepan (with a handle,we've been using ours with the handle off which was ok until our 10 year old started cooking)some sheets, a new cooking knife and a bra for me. Looking forward to the support from all of you!!

Kimcarrots
post #13 of 184
I am sooo in!
Great thread and with Xmas and all I'm def glad to be cutting waaaay back. We have more than enough of anything.
post #14 of 184
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Originally Posted by mamao'two
So glad I saw this after I bought a little yarn with my Christmas gift money from my ILs.

So would it break the challenge to buy the things I need to go to a friend's mother blessing this week? What about buying things to make the gifts I need to make for the 4 birthdays in Feb?
I would think that this would not count b/c it's a social obligation. I'm talking more about those little things we all buy that we don't really need. I'm bad about buying the kids treats and cheap toys and games, and I'm really bad about going thrift shopping and buying stuff we don't need. I end up re-donating it after a few mos.
post #15 of 184
I think that this is a good month for me to join in. I even need to cut way back on the groceries etc so that we can get some money built up. Thankfully the car is paid off, but my van took a poo on us the day before Christmas eve and we had to borrow money from MIL to get a new one but we aer hopeing to get enough from tax return to pay that off.
post #16 of 184
I'm so in January is going to be a gas and food month only. Is that good or bad? I need to stay away from body care I like "products" too much


December has been a rough month, I literally feel like I'm bleeding money.
post #17 of 184
Thread Starter 
There was a rocking horse on sale at the store today. I really wanted to buy it b/c it was half off Christmas clearance. Nitara loves one that's at a friend's house, but I didn't buy it. That was hard! We just don't need any more toys.
post #18 of 184
great usamma! thats just the kinda stuff that gets me. i am staying out of stores because the sales are too much
post #19 of 184
I'm thinking about it.... hmmm... I should do it. But I really want to buy some carseats ...
post #20 of 184
Quote:
Originally Posted by USAmma
There was a rocking horse on sale at the store today. I really wanted to buy it b/c it was half off Christmas clearance. Nitara loves one that's at a friend's house, but I didn't buy it. That was hard! We just don't need any more toys.
That is so hard- gosh darn sales! But with the inflow of stuff,stuff,stuff I just keep telling myself that we do not need anything right now. Darn Hanna Anderson sale flier! :

I want to eat up the pantry and freezer this month, too. Also, cut back on the food bill a bit. Like not buy beer. A little thing, but I'll miss it.
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