Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us anything you think it would help us to know about yourself.
2. Please tell us why you have decided to spend nothing (or spend significantly less) for the Month of October. Memorize these goals and recite them to yourself before all purchases.
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?
Hi! My name is Mara, and this is my first No-Spend Challenge. I'm trying to spend less money as part of a two-pronged reform: diet and finance. My DH and I spend way too much money eating out, on coffee drinks, etc. I'm trying to switch to a more local/organic diet, which is kind of pricey-- but not nearly as expensive as eating out! Also I eat lunches in the school cafeteria where I work, which is both expensive and unhealthy.
My goal is to prove to the DH that we can eat the way I want us to (grass-fed beef, pastured chickens, organic veggies and all!) and *still* spend less money than we do currently on dining.
My plan is: home-cooked dinners! And lunches brought from home. And no morning mochas. (yes, I spend 4-5 dollars every morning on coffee.
) I'm putting together a plan of some kind so that dinner is already accounted for, instead of waiting until we both get home from work and say, "now what?". Will probably spend some time on Sundays prepping food for the week. Basically the only things I'm trying to change this month are food/money habits. I figure I can save 4.00x30 = $120 just on the coffee, and probably another $100 on buying lunches. Eating in will save the DH's money, since he usually buys when we go out to dinner.