I soooo need this!1. Please introduce yourself and tell us anything you think it would help us to know about yourself.
I'm Rachel, SAHM to 21 month old DD.2. Please tell us why you have decided to spend nothing (or spend significantly less) for the Month of August. Memorize these goals and recite them to yourself before all purchases
I've been trying to become more concious of our spending habits and have started making an effort to buy locally in the last few months. Spending less in general is my new goal. And to put more $ into savings each month.
I am also trying to prepare more whole foods for our family as an effort to both save money and eat healthier.3. No spending is hard work. You need a plan. Please tell us your game plan -- how do you plan to approach no spending for a month?
--log onto online banking everyday to check balances and to avoid overdraft fees.
--avoid online shopping sites; trash catalogs immediately!
--combine car trips to save gas
--be conscious of shopping out of boredom; look for free activities
--plan meals and shopping to avoid eating/ordering out and expensive convience food
--bake bread more often to cut back on expensive artisan bread from grocery store
--pack DH lunch everyday. Even though not technically *my* spending, it will help cut down on unncessary spending and is an effort to help him eat healthier at the same time
--make iced coffee at home with leftover coffee instead of buying it out (my weakness and 'treat' for myself)
August 1st--grocery shopping and farm stand--bought only essentials (skipped my normal coffee for the ride home!)
August 2nd--playdate at home with friends; made crockpot meal and homemade bread. No spending!