I hope it's not too late to join. I am up for challenge this month.1. Please introduce yourself and tell us anything you think it would help us to know about yourself.
We are a family of 3 (me, dh and 2 year old dd). We are doing this to control our spending because I see myself overspending here and there. We are working on spending as little as possible in general.
We love good gourmet food (and we eat a lot!), so the amount we spend on grocery tend to be higher than most families our size. We are trying hard to not eat out. So, this month we have higher budget for groceries and only a little to eat out (hopefully none, but it seems unreasonable to budget $0, so I put $50)
We are a car free family and pay monthly for public transit, so it's all good in that dept. 2. Please tell us why you have decided to spend nothing (or spend significantly less) for the Month of March. Memorize these goals and recite them to yourself before all purchases.
I need to stop impulsive buying and stay within the budget. Only buy stuff when I need them, not because I want them or I think they're cute.I am a shopaholic and I love buying cute clothes for my dd (only when they're on sale, though, hehe). So, I should control my spending and only buy it when I need it. Also, my dd loves wooden puzzle and she might want more (she only has 4 now, and it does get old because she "outgrew" a couple of them already). Anyway, did I mention I am a shopaholic?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?Cook from scratch! No eating out!
Stay within budget for eveything.Goals:
100% No-spend days: 16/31 (9/15)
No-spend other than groceries: 22/31 (14/15)
No eating out/takeout: 28/31 (15/15) Our budget for a month:
Groceries & household needs: $450 ($234/$450)
Clothing & other misc. spending money: $100 ($38/$100)
Eating out/take out: $50 ($0/$50)
No Frivolous spending!
Reasonable spending other than grocery:
Off the wagon:
Okay, this month it goes....03/01 03/02 03/03 03/04 03/05
CVS: $5, TJ: $86,
paying for my choir: $2003/06
food co-op (fresh veggies): $803/07
Asian store (spices, tofu, loose leaf tea): $25
Marshalls, baking pan: $8, wooden puzzle $903/08 03/09
Went out to buy clothes for dd, nothing was cheap enough. So, I went to Chinatown to buy some food items (seaweed & "crab" to make sushi) $803/10 03/11
Milk @WF: $403/12 03/13
Big grocery day! Bulk rice and stuff @ Asian store: $25, TJ: $8103/14 03/15