February is coming up, and I’ve been thinking about sponsoring another No Spend Month challenge. February is an easy month to go No Spend, because it’s short. Twenty-nine (hey look, Ma, a leap year!) breezy days of enforced frugality to re-set the savings budget and rebalance the treat spiral entitlement curve.
Homebrew Husband and I have done several of these No Spend challenges, and it’s always been a great exercise in financial prioritization and values-driven spending. During our last challenge, we spent slightly more than we budgeted, mostly because I loaded up on good-deal local strawberries for freezing and jamming (and we’re still eating those berries, thank you very much). We also inadventently budgeted $250 instead of our normal $300, so I don’t feel too bad about the minor over-runs.
So there’s that option: save some bucks with No Spend Month February
But because of some recent whack-a-doo health stuff* at our house, I’ve also been thinking about trying a period of anti-inflammatory type eating. I have a pretty good grasp of the various “diets” out there from my time as a personal chef, and I’d probably embark on something either in the Nourishing Traditions vein or something in the Paleo/Primal vein, but I’m open to suggestions.
This would be purely a self-observation based challenge, since I’m not going for a before and after lab work-up. But I would note any weight loss or gain, energy changes, etc., and I’d hope that anyone playing along would do the same. Since I’m not an expert in anti-inflammatory diets, I’d share what I read and learned with you, along with any recipes I created, but I wouldn’t be in a position to answer any technical health-type questions. We could all learn together.
So there’s the other option: A Stumbling Attempt at Anti-Inflammatory Eating For Real People
So what do you vote for? I’m not doing both – I’ve learned a long time ago that I don’t have the willpower to be super strict with my money and super strict with my diet concurrently – and either one would be a heck of a lot more fun with other people.
Will you leave a comment and let me know which challenge, if either, you’d be likely to participate in? Also, will you let me know which you’d be interested in reading about, since I don’t want to write a bunch of posts no one is interested in reading?
*Health update: since so many of you were so kind and generous in your thoughts about our family medical concerns, please know that my bloodwork came back and my thyroid levels look fine, but apparently I’m allergic to the medication my doctor prescribed - or something! - and now my lips are spontaneously bruising and my tongue feels like someone has poured battery acid over it if I eat anything spicy, citrusy, soured, acidic, pickled, alcoholic or caffeinated – which pretty much covers everything I eat.
Go ahead and laugh – I would, if only I could have a glass of wine without pain. More doctors appointments are in my immediate future to suss out why I’ve turned into Bleeding Gums (Bleeding Lips?). Naturally this is the year we went with the “high deductible” insurance plan. This is getting ridiculous.
We’re still waiting for an appointment for my little boy, but the warmer weather has helped his blue-turning tendencies in the short term. So there it is. Thank you all for your thoughts, I’ll let you know if I have scurvy or something.