Wednesday, January 23, 2013

::Frugal Fodder ~11~

::NO SPEND FEBRUARY:: 

I was hoping to have a NO SPEND month  this year and my target month was January --but we never really finalized it between us. If you're going to have a NO SPEND MONTH  it helps if both Hubby and Wife are on the same page. 

So it didn't happen. 


You just can't go all WILLY-NILLY...and NOT spend money. You have to plan these things out.


Like most of you-- there was Christmas last month...and before that Thanksgiving...blah, blah, blah... all the extra cooking and baking through the holidays had my pantry looking pretty sparse. I had to re-stock that; and we had some unexpected things that needed replacing or repaired. 


It almost sounds like I'm cheating already by planning ahead. But I don't think so; you have to gear up for this. The idea is to NOT spend money for a month, especially on extras...it's simple really, but looks different for each household. 

For us it means:  



  • (we) ONLY spend on NECESSARY Gas and Groceries. Ideally, if you've planned for this and stocked your pantry--that eliminates extra trips to the store; so less gas is needed too! 
    • Already-- you're going to save money. 


  • NO A.T.M's...The other thing in a NO Spend month--besides BILLS; whatever does get spent-- SHOULD YOU FAIL...you ONLY SPEND CASH. 
  • NO EATING OUT! ... Absolutely,NONE. 
    • "Did Somebody say Mc-No-Eating-Out?
    • (this one hopefully will be easier for us, since we've ALMOST completely stopped this)...and we DON'T DO McD'S. (honest) 

 I'm hoping February will be a better choice for us and a success! We can put that money back-- because of course, if we're not spending; we can be eliminating some debt or save it, right?  


I'll be tracking it all and ...well, blogging about it too! 


In the mean time; I've read a couple of other blogs where the blog author's households were having NO SPEND MONTHS-- I can't think of them right off hand, except for Laura @ WhiteSprayPaint... You can read her posts here: NO SPEND JANUARY


Perhaps you're having a NO SPEND MONTH, or you've had one in the past... leave us a link in the comments below--So we can all read about your success or your fail...OR we can cheer you onward in your quest to NOT SPEND! ;) 




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The eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 6:19a
 

7 comments:

  1. A no spend month? Hmmm, I've never heard of this! We've been very deligent about stashing cash into our savings account though! Hope you're successful:)

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  2. whoa! I could never go a month without eating out. I'd be miserable. ;) I can eat at wendy's for $3.
    I don't do atm's EVER. I don't have any money in there to draw out. hahaha It's all for bills, gas and groceries.
    wishing you the best, and I feel y'all "got this one" by planning ahead. And... if it were me, I'd be saying (in the middle of feb) There's always march! hahahah
    gail

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  3. We are not making trips to town, more than 1 x week now. Sometimes not at all, due to the lack of cash for gas and supplies. We are out of cat food, onions, milk and a few other items. We live a lot on soup to save on food for our large family. However, there are the animals, car repairs etc. too.

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  4. I love that idea..A no spend Month...Difficult but sounds very rewarding..I am going to begin working on a budget...saving money...moving..buying a new house....I am excited to hear how things goes and gleaming from all your wonderful saving ideas...Blessings!

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  5. I think this would be fun to do, but I can see myself running out the month before and buying everything I think I would want for the next month.

    Bliss

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  6. I am cheering you on, Pat! Looking forward to more details as the month progresses. You are so resourceful that I am sure you will have success!

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  7. You are such an inspiration. I'd love to have a no spend January, but my car just broke down. I did however just get rid of cable. That's as good as a no spend month because cable costs are through the roof. I'll be rich in no time not wasting all that cash any more. Keep up the good work!
    Liz

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