This is our last day of no-spend-month. We started out with $250 in cash to spend on everything except bills, tithe, medical, and moving expenses. I think we accidentally added a little money to it because I had some cash from selling items on Craigslist. But we didn’t withdraw any extra money, and it is refreshing to say that we lived a whole month on around $250!
Here are some things that I learned:
- I planned my trips better so that I used as little gas as possible. I had gotten lazy in this area.
- You can go out to run errands without getting a snack in the drive thru or a coffee at Starbucks (this is my #1 downfall!)
- I used my bread machine to make bread for Ben’s lunches this month. He said it was more filling, and I love the smell of bread baking. It saved us about $20.
- I used coupons to get about $100 in free groceries. They were not the items that I would have put on my list, but it forced me to be creative and use what I had on hand. We had sandwiches on leftover hot dog buns. We had celery and peanut butter instead of milk and cookies. We had homemade tea instead of Crystal Light. I had milk in my coffee instead of creamer. It was the little things!
- I learned that I can make less for supper and we will still be satisfied, filled, and healthy. I also discovered that we don’t have to eat meat at every meal!
- I liked using cash to buy groceries because it kept me from getting that “one extra item” each time that would put me over my budget.
- I took advantage of great sales and coupons at CVS to actually make money that I can put towards toiletry items.
- I tried to got as cheap as possible on moving expenses, even though it wasn’t included in no-spend-month. I got free boxes on Craigslist, and newspaper from church friends and neighbors.
It’s been a good month. Thanks for following along!