No Spending Challenge: One Week Down!
It's been a week since our family started their No Spending Challenge for the month of January.
If you are just checking in with us you can find the original post and guidelines HERE at this post. Its about living on less, being grateful for what we have, spending less, knowing when enough IS enough, discipline and so much more. I am excited to have 10 families on board (at least that's what I know about)!
Today is week 1 - check in day! With no judgements or gasps....how is everyone doing? Have your been tempted? Have you been weak at all? What has been hard for you?
For me, it's been a week with sprinkles of temptations. The kids are begging for a take out pizza. I have explained the challenge and they are on board, but they are kids, and still try.
I have been seeing some of my on line friends (thru Instagram) getting these great 90 percent off deals on Christmas stuff after the holiday, that has been tempting. I have been praying a lot about it.
What I have spent money on this week: regular grocery shopping, a headlight and wiper blades for my truck (safety issues) and our weekly church donation.
Here is one thing that I bought that we probably COULD have waited on. My hubby does our taxes every year (that is a huge savings in of itself). Amazon had a deal on Turbo Tax (which is what he uses). Normally it's around $ 60, but with a sale and being a Prime member I got it for less than $ 40 and I used my gift card that I got for Christmas to buy it. SO technically no money came out of our budget, but it was a purchase that might have been able to wait but would have cost me more if I did. I am on the fence on the purchase. I was tempted by this SALE on the Turbo Tax that I saw on one of my daily emails from a blog that posts "deals" and it roped me in.
If you missed some of the posts this week here is a recap with links to help you.
Friday I talked about UNSUBSCRIBING. This is KEY for ME as I was a "deal" site shopper. - Proud to say I have been unsubscribing for over a month now (still emails come in) and have NOT purchased anything. Deleting these emails before I even open them or unsubscribe to them.
Saturday I posted a few fun things to do that cost no money, in case you are going stir crazy and the kids are looking for something fun. You can find THAT post HERE. I will continue to post on Saturday morning with fun FREE, creative stuff to do as a family.
On Sunday, THIS POST went up with some helpful websites for long term savings, meal planning, couponing and goals.
Then on Monday, what our family is doing WITHOUT and where we have decided to "trim" our lifestyle down. More on these ideas throughout the month. You can check this out HERE.
So how did you and your family do for the week? What tempted you?
I am praying for each and every family who is on board with the challenge and trying it out.
Let's support each other!
Until next time - Be Blessed and Live on Less!