okay, ive been watching all week..
and i was just going to continue watching, but i decided to make a post!
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us anything you think it would help us to know about yourself.
-I'm Chelsea - mama to be in June/July! My boyfriend and I rent an apartment in Westland, MI.
2. Please tell us why you have decided to spend nothing (or spend significantly less) for the Month of May.
-We've been HORRIBLE with spending money and not really keeping some sort of accountability - I have much less money to work with than boyfriend does because I make a lot less (so its much easier for me to keep track of where it goes...he, on the other hand, has some work to do), and we keep our money separate for the most part, but I think its time we start looking at things together instead of just getting by with what we each have. Our biggest problem area is eating out, but we've gotten significantly better. The next biggest problem is little things: you know, $3 for lunch, $3 for breakfast, $3 on whatever other random thing we "need."
3. Please tell us your game plan -- what are your goals and how do you plan to approach no spending for a month?
-Well, I haven't spent anything yet!!!!
so 3 thumbs up for me! We went grocery shopping the other night though, after a long talk about how grocery shopping needs to be a priority and not just a hey, lets get SOMETHING to have in the house to eat which really ends up being convenience food, yogurt, and other non-meal type items. We spent $74 and came home with a ton of food - Meijer had boxes of pasta on sale, 10 for $5!!!! last night we made tacos, and even had some left over. We won't have to go again until next weekend.
-I do need clothes, but I usually go to the thrift store for that because I don't need to spend $25 on a little shirt - and especially being pregnant - what the heck, maternity clothes are so ridiculous. I have one pair of pants that I LOOOOVE that I got for $7 at the thrift store.
-ultimately, my goal is to have enough money to set some aside for when I'm not working, as well as some to put towards my credit cards that I've been slowly paying off for the last two years - dumb credit card companies that come to your school and tell you how great they are. I had no idea what I was doing. I really don't make very much money, so I only have a little bit to work with.
So far I'm doing really well! I've had to cut back here and there on things, but its okay. I have a huge yarn stash, I can learn how to make something with it. I have a ton of onesies that I want to tiedye, and I can always spend some time reading the boards on here or getting together with other women outside now that its getting nice out. I think a huge reason why more money gets spent than what should, is because I get bored. Boyfriend and I usually work opposite shifts, so I'm home during the day (or at school) and I get antsy sitting here alone.