I'm joining up.
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us anything you think it would help us to know about yourself.
I'm Lori, SAHM of Fiona (8mons) and wife to Scott.
2. Please tell us why you have decided to spend nothing (or spend significantly less) for the Month of October.
My maternity pay ended several months ago, and we've been living on my last paycheck - until now. We are now completely on my dh's wages, which simply aren't enough to cover our cost of living. He is looking for another pt job, and I'm trying to start up my own business, but that won't get off the ground for several months yet. We basically need to spend nothing in order to pay our bills without resorting to more debt.
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?
-I plan to use up all the cans and frozen food in the house, as much as possible, before buying more groceries (aside from produce/dairy/etc)
-Do grocery shopping online to save petrol and impulse buys
-Go out less/Stay in more. DD gets quite fussy if we stay in all day, so when we do go out, it will be to parks and other free places that don't make me feel obligated to buy things (like in coffee shops, etc,).
-Be more diligent with nappy washing so I don't need to buy back up disposables
The problems, however, are that it is starting to get cold and all of Fiona's clothes are summery. I wanted to make her winter coat myself, but my sewing machine doesn't work, so I need to think of something else. My dh and I have also lost a lot of weight, so a lot of our clothes don't fit. I'm happy just wearing a belt for the most part, but I have an interview (part of my home business) in London this week, and my suits don't fit anymore. Not to mention the expense of being in London for three days with a baby (thank God for breastfeeding!!) And he has been applying for jobs, so a suit that actually fits would be nice!
TALLY FOR TODAY:
Granted, I didn't see this thread til tonight, but I did buy ice cream this evening which we definitely did not need! Will have to make that last all month long.