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No Spend Month Wraps Up

No Spend Month Wraps Up

This year’s No Spend Month was actually fairly uneventful.  I think knowing what to expect helped quite a bit. One thing I expected is that I will still make exceptions to the ‘necessary’ category.  What I noticed was the difference in what was exception worthy.  Last year, it was meals with friends, and I was … Continue reading

No Spend August – 68

No Spend August – 68

68. In one week, I received 68 promotional emails. 68 invitations to spend money. 68 attempts to convince me I’d be better off if I clicked that link and punched in my credit card info. It’s funny, I don’t feel like I subscribe to that many offers.  I’ve got Groupon and Living Social, a couple … Continue reading

No Spend Month, Year 2

Last July, we did a No Spend Month, where we pushed pause on recreational spending for 31 days.  (We also failed at it in October…)  We are revisiting this practice again for August, and I’m excited about it. I learned a lot from our first experiments, about how to maximize this month of restraint.  Because … Continue reading

The No Spend Month That Wasn’t

The No Spend Month That Wasn’t

Now, it’s only half way through the month, and no-spend is more in effect than not in effect. But overall, the first week and a half was a bust. Nearly every day I had some reason to spend some amount on something.  And while that something was always more worthwhile than junk food snacks at … Continue reading

Bringing Back No Spend Month

It’s No Spend October, did you know? Didn’t I just do this? Yup.  In July, we also did No Spend Month.  And then in August and September lots of things about life felt crazy and excessive.  Excessive busy-ness, excessive weight gain (it’s true, doctors are saying it’s happening too fast…just bein’ real for ya’), excessive … Continue reading

No Spend Month — Greater Than

No Spend Month — Greater Than

$1043.74 is greater than $93.  That’s our total for non-essential spending from July 2-July 31. In several ways, this whole month was about what is greater than. Relationships are greater than rules. This month was an experiment in self-imposed rules, that we readily broke with people we cared about and don’t get to see much. … Continue reading

No Spend Month — Week 3

No Spend Month — Week 3

Intro to No Spend Month & Week 1 recap Bum ba da bum ba da bum bum bum bum!!!! Week 3, zero spending. After week 2 went so smoothly, I was caught off guard a bit by this week’s challenges. On Wednesday, I really, really, really wanted a Diet Coke.  I had 60 cents in my office … Continue reading

No Spend Month — Week 2

The number. Last week, I figured out the number.  I cannot control what you think of the number.  Perhaps I can just leave that number out of this month.  Call it ‘a lot.’ $817.57 From May 29-June 27, subtracting gas, groceries, and gifts, I spent $817.57. My first thought was how?  But I looked at the list … Continue reading

No Spend Month: Week 1

We’re 7 days into No Spend July, and so far, it’s been the type of experiment that I am mentally conscious of all the time.  I’m noticing how mindlessly I spend a little here, a little there.  Choosing not to do that makes me hyper aware of what I would have bought. I kept a … Continue reading

No Spend Month

This post is going to make my husband very happy. Let me start with the conclusion, then take you back to the beginning. I am doing ‘No Spend Month’ for the rest of July. I have to say ‘rest of’ because yesterday I bought 3 new maternity pieces so that I could survive this stinkin’ … Continue reading