I wanted to write this post to launch on January 1st but since I've been under the weather it got pushed to the back burner.
Oh well....can't be helped.
I first read about the idea of a no-spend month last January from Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick. I was very intrigued!! However, it wasn't the right time for me to try it at that point. I was waiting to close on my new house and shopping all the good after-Christmas sales in preparation.
And then it was moving day. And gardening season. And a million projects to get settled into the house.
And then the Christmas shopping began.
So....my no-spend month trial was put on hold.
But I knew, come January 1st I was going to give it a go. Perfect timing, right? Because, let's face it, we all spend more in November/December than we normally would.
So here we are, 2 days into January. And granted, I haven't spent anything yet.
But I never got to start off the way I planned, because I was stuck in the house in my jammies with a nasty virus.
So, tomorrow I will hit up the local market for the few necessities that are on my grocery list, fill up the car with gas, and launch my no-spend month....three days late.
My plan is simple - I will only spend on absolute necessities for the rest of January.
That means basically fresh produce and dairy. And perhaps a loaf of bread here and there.
I will shop the freezer and the pantry for the rest of my groceries.
Naturally, I'll have to pay all my bills, and if anything urgent comes up I'll have to weigh the situation.
But I really think I can do this. It will be a good test in living simply for a month and being resourceful.
My pantry is stocked, my freezers are full, and I believe I have all the beauty, health, cleaning products, and paper goods I will need for the next month.
|The Very Best Veggie Lasagna Ever|
I will combine errands to try not to have to put gas in my car for a month.
And I will ignore all the after-holiday sale emails that have been bombarding my inbox.
Have you ever tried a no-spend month? If you did, I'd love to hear some of your tricks!
And some of your biggest hurdles.
Wish me luck!
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