Monday, March 8, 2010

save your pennies month

On March 1st, The Husband and I made a spur of the moment decision to not spend anything for a month.

Then we failed miserably the first day. Mostly me.

So we started anew Sunday, March 7th. From now until April 4th, we're not spending money.

Ok, that's not entirely true. We're spending some money. Like rent. And student loans and electric. The standards. Also, I already had a vet appointment to have kitty fixed. And we're still making payments to our mechanic.

But, those are kind of necessaries. At least right now.

Food is also something we're still spending on. I know, it sounds like we're spending more than not! But only grocery type food. Not prepared food. Not my increasingly common trips to Wegmans on my lunch break for some salad, soup or Chinese food (usually Chinese food - oh, how I love thee, lemon pepper shrimp!)

We've gotten a little lazy in some of our habits and as a result money is being piddled away all over the place. Plus, I just keep buying too much crap (thrift store junkie here) and I want to RID the house of crap this month. So.

Even with grocery shopping, I plan on scaling back - though it's in our ok to spend money on list. I'd like to pare down the pantry a bit - make room for spring and summer goods. Same with the freezer. Finish up last years berries and chickens so it can be restocked fresh in the coming months.

So. No extra's - not-a-one - for the next 4 weeks. It shouldn't be too painful, it'll just take some readjusting.

Anyway, my hope is to report back here with some progress and updates. How we do, if we save any money. But we all know my track record with things like that!


Jodi said...

I joined a Shopping Moratorium with some friends this winter. We check in weekly. It's really made us think hard about every penny we spend. "Is that really necessary? Do I REALLY need to buy that?"
I've got to admit, I've done very well. It's even made me think about the projects I've been working on around the house. I've shopped my own stashes of fabric and supplies bofore just going to buy new. The little bit of money (remember those kitchen towels a few weeks ago?) I have spent came from money I received from a sale on Craigslist.

Good luck!

Sara said...

Ah, I am so glad we didn't take this challenge this month. We just bought a new tv, pretty sure that would go under the category "Do we really need it?!". I asked Jon that exact question when he brought it home and he gave an emphatic YES, so I chose not to argue. The man was serious. :O