I suspect that I have one of the easier trials of no spending. We don't have credit cards, so no backup. My husband has been ill, and we just paid a huge hospital bill. This left us with $100 cash for all expenses for two and a half weeks. Much easier not to spend it when we know that the kids literally won't eat if we do...
Making all bread products from scratch. Luckily we have large bags of flour and a jar of quick rise yeast, etc. This is the fourth week of no bread from the store. YUM!
Eating soup once a week for dinner, and everyday for lunch. Beans, beans, beans. Who knew how many ways a family could turn beans into soup!
Using a lot of freezer food. I bought lots o meat/roasts on sale beforehand (just 'cause they were good prices), and so we have a roast, and live off of it for several days, in many ways!
Breakfast for dinner at least once a week. Almost free, as we have all the stuff to make it, but milk and eggs cost a little. My girlfriend's mom has laying hens that are going crazy laying. So they gave us a dozen eggs a couple of days ago. Really
free breakfast for dinner this week!
My daughter turns four tomorrow morning. We've had an extended "party" for her the last few days. I had four of her friends over for a low key "tea party" the other day. We made home made cookies and cake (had all the stuff for them in the pantry), and had herbal tea (four tea bags from my pantry) in my china tea set. They loved it. Sent them home with goody bags containing homemade muffin and cookie (also had the stuff in the pantry). Free. This weekend, we invited ourselves over HIS parent's and then MY dad's houses for "birthday dinners" for the four year old. Not only did we not have to entertain, but we didn't pay for dinner, either. They live nearby, so even using gas to get there, it was a cost savings! Gave her my old "My Friend Mandy dolls" for Christmas. So, as they are all naked (lost their clothes in a flood...trunk w/clothes was separate from dolls), I made them clothes from fabric scraps in my stash for her birthday gift.
Basically don't drive anywhere. I don't mind, though. I hate going out in the winter. I'm not made to handle cold. Funny. I live in Michigan...
In the end, it's a good thing. Saves on gas.
That's it for now.