I did not post my typical spending report this past Monday for two reasons. First, life is wearing me down with the house drama. And two, I am rocking my Anticipated Spending (see this past week’s spending plan here) and No Spend Month so much there is nothing to talk about – go me!
In fact, I’m not posting a typical Anticipated Spending today BECAUSE other than gas for my car…I have no plans to spend any money this week. Wow! Wish me luck.
This week is the epitome of No Spend Month since there aren’t even any bills due.
Planning for the Holidays
With money on my mind and not in my hand, I am starting to think about the holidays. If you will remember, I did not put any money for Christmas or any of the fall holidays in my Fall Budget.
But really, do you think I could go a Christmas without spending any money, specifically on gifts? Have any BAD readers ever had a No Spend Christmas? I am very interested.
I’ve had two thoughts on this. One I don’t know if I could get through Christmas without giving gifts. There is just something in me that demands that. And I love this idea as far as kid gifts.
On the other hand, I’m really committed to my financial goal of getting out of debt. And not spending for Christmas would be a big boost towards that. I would love to know BAD reader thoughts.
And if I do a No Spend Christmas (other than food, of course which would be grocery money rather than holiday money,) I would love ideas on how to make Christmas special. I’ve been brainstorming experiences (free) we could do that would make it special. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- Volunteer to feed the hungry somewhere.
- Scavenger hunt.
- Cook off or bake off.
- White elephant gift exchange.
Hit me with your best ideas as I continue to work on a plan. I’m definitely leaning to a No Spend Christmas. Or maybe really limited spend Christmas.