1. Please introduce yourself and tell us anything you think it would help us to know about yourself.
I'm Claire; dh, 2 dd, 2 cats, a dog, and 2 fish make up our household. I am visiting my family until jan 9th, so I won't have household spending until after then. After I get back home, it will take a lot of willpower to get back into meal planning and regular and controlled spending. This will be my 3rd month of the challenge, each time my no spend days have been increasing, so I'm hopeful the trend will continue!2. Please tell us why you have decided to spend nothing (or spend significantly less) for the Month of January. Memorize these goals and recite them to yourself before all purchases.
I have been striving for a less materialistic lifestyle. Also, dh and I have been dreaming about moving to New Zealand, so I would like to save up more money in case we are able to make that happen. We are a (mostly)one income family, and so creating savings requires advance planning and willpower. We have a new to us car payment, so that has taken extra room out of the budget and we can't fritter away any money. Also, we have several appointments for dental work this month, so that will cost extra (although dh's christmas bonus should go toward that)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?
Uh, yeah, this is where it always gets fuzzy
I will allot myself 100 dollars total spending for Jan 1-9 until we get home. Once home, once a week grocery shopping only, under 75 a week. Fill gas only once a week (cheaper with discount card at the grocery store). $25 dollars personal spending on whatever I wish. No spend exception: fundraiser popcorn after school for the girls (50c a bag). Oh, and DD2's birthday is the 31st. Will have to create a budget for that once I get home.
true no spend
True No Spend Days 0/15
Jan 1-9: 0/$100 total spending
Grocery shopping (<$75) and gasoline once a week only
Personal spending: 0/$25
DD2 Birthday: 0/$TBDETA: Welcome to everyone new and Glad to see all the returning mamas!