I had a dream last night that I went out shopping. I don’t remember what I bought, I just remember the dream sensation of handing over a big chunk of money. No Spend Month must be in full effect!
Updated tally for this week:
Last Week’s Total: $141.01
$9 – Two large pickling crocks my friend found at the thrift store and picked up for me.
$2 – Packet of peanuts and a soda from the vending machine where my son had an appointment. What can I say? It was a rough morning and that was breakfast.
$6 – Parking (for Nick’s second job)
$44.46 – Gas
$13.56 – 2 dozen eggs and 1.5 gallons organic milk, with coupon, and YuppieHippie Market. This is the only grocery purchase we’ve made this month.
Ok, 9 days and $34 left. Nick thinks it’s doable. We’re definitely in the home stretch. But what I know that he doesn’t is we have three kids parties to attend in those next 9 days. Three kid presents are going to send us over our limit. Damn. But really, if something’s gotta blow your budget – a book for a kid is as good as it gets.
Other than that, I think we’ve done great. My $2 vending machine and $9 pickle crock purchase notwithstanding, the money we’ve spent has gone to good stuff. We haven’t spent on anything thoughtless, which is the whole point of this exercise.
We’ve walked more to avoid taking the car when possible and have gotten creative to avoid spending. We improvised baby latches from giant plant rubber bands and that, combined with diligence, seems to be keeping our son out of the off-limit cabinets. And, as always durring our no spend months, we’ve become even more devoted to the local library. Where would we be without libraries, really?
How are you doing?