I'm Looking forward to this Challenge!
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us anything you think it would help us to know about yourself.Hi, my name is Erin. I live in DE with my husband (Mr. K) of 11.5 years and our 3.5 yo daughter (Abigail). I first learned about MDC almost 4 years ago when I was preggers and learning about CDing. I drifted off to a few other boards, but now I'm back.
2. Please tell us why you have decided to spend nothing (or spend significantly less) for the Month of November. Memorize these goals and recite them to yourself before all purchases.For the past year I have had this unexplainable desire to simplify/down-size/de-clutter/live more with less. I've thought, thought, thought & read, read, read about it but never taken any major steps in that direction. Doing this challenge right before Thanksgiving and Christmas will really help focus my mind on being thankful what really matters. My mantra for Christmas is "tis better to give then to receive."
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?Pantry Challenge - The freezer and pantry aren't bursting at the seams but I think I've got quit a bit with which to work. I'm allowing $20 per week to buy a couple gallons of milk (hormone free from BJ's), eggs & fresh fruit and veggies (local farmer's market), and bread (local bread outlet).
TOTAL = $80
12 no spend days
12 no drive days - I have one exception. Abigail goes to preschool 3 days a week. Round-trip mileage is 8.8 miles (I clocked it this AM). If I drop her off, come home, and then pick her up in the afternoon, I will call that a no drive day.
20 Ebay items - One item for each business day in the month (I took 2 off for Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving). If I post the links, will that be considered spam?
Gas = $25 per week. That won't even fill up the tank of my station wagon but it will be enough to get around. TOTAL = $100Clothing = nothing. Abigail is set and so am I. I'm going to save my pennies for our Christmas Trip back home to MI. The thrift stores are AWESOME!!!
Hobbies = nothing.
Household Items = $10 per week. I don't have any TP, paper towels, trash bags in my Pantry so I'll need to buy as we use up. I'm switching over to glass food storage so I promised myself $10 per pay period to slowly build up my collection. I want to switch over to homemade cleaning products and need to get some EOs to make them smell nice. I'm guessing these might be kind of pricey at the local HFS. TOTAL = $40
Personal Spending Money = $10 per week. I'm going to get it all in $1's This will cover Diet Cokes at WaWa, bagels, lunch @ the local pizza joint, etc. TOTAL = $40
GRAND TOTAL FOR NOVEMBER = $260
TH 11/1 - I listed 7 things on Ebay and 5 of the listings were lots! That felt really good.
It's been a no-car and no-spend day as well. WooHoo ... I'm on a roll!!! I just listed 3 more items on Ebay. Now I just hope they all sell. Hee Hee! Dang am I having fun ... 6 books listed on Ebay. Go Erin, Go Erin!
F 11/2 - Listed Abigail's crib on Ebay. Withdrew $60 cash from the Bank. Expenses: $5.85 @ bread outlet, $17.83 @ Save A Lot (I was surprised how little I got
), $25 gas in the car, $1.29 fountain drink, $2.30 @ the bagel shop, $5.46 @ WM for glass storage, TOTAL = $57.73
S 11/3 - DH and DD went out for the AM so I de-cluttered the linen closet and master bath. Master bath also got a good cleaning and the shower a deep cleaning. Boy was it nasty!!! (Anyone have any good solutions for cleaning that gosh-awful pink film that grows in my shower?? I'd be your friend forever!) Expenses: $.63 on taco seasoning packet, $1.99 kids lunch @ Kmart, $49.50 @ Dollar Tree for Christmas gifts. That wasn't budgeted but I received an unexpected Pay Pal payment so I had an extra $44. A new Dollar Tree opened right up the road from our house so I thought I would knock out the N&N Christmas gifts while the store was well stocked. TOTAL = $52.12
SN 11/4 - Drove to church AM & PM. Fountain drink refill - $.89. TOTAL = $.89
M 11/5 - Fountain drink refill - $.89. I also bought 2 crock-pot cookbooks on Half.com.
They were recommended in a MDC thread
- $23.83, lunch @ Arby's with a coupon - $3.99. I was plumb out of cash so I put it on my PP debit card.
T 11/6 - DH gave me $5 for cutting his hair so I had non budget money! $1.65 bagel, $.89 fountain drink refill, $2.95 thrift store. TOTAL = $5.49 - $5.00 = $.49 A bunch of my Ebay auctions ended today and I made $68.78!
W 11/7 - $.89 fountain drink refill, $.35 Little Debbie snack for Abigail, $27.89 on the Debit Card @ Thrift Store
I didn't plan on the Thrift store expense but on the flip side I got a bread machine that's in great condition, some new books for Abigail, and a bunch of big glass jars for dry food storage. TOTAL = $29.23
TH 11/8 - $.89 fountain drink refill, $.10 tootsie roll for Abigail, $17.00 at Kmart
I have a cold and needed some relief. I got $10 cash back b/c I'm all out of cash. Kuddos to me for resisting the 75% off fall decor! TOTAL = $17.99