:::: MENU ::::

Browsing posts in: Monthly Spending

No Spend Month by Default


Needless to say, with my job loss, we are tightening our belts financially…

  1. We’ve stopped our weekly fresh milk and organic food deliveries.  Returning to bulk purchases as much as possible.
  2. All entertainment is out  the window – no going out to eat, movies, etc.
  3. I’ve redeemed all my stockpiled points for items needed while I had the cash to supplement them and so I didn’t lose them.  Items purchased include: stockpile of toilet paper (remember when I ran out of toilet paper?) new winter jacket for one of the twins, ink for the printer, Brita pitchers (2) to cut down on buying water.
  4. Cutting back activities where we can to save on gas costs as all activities have been paid for, so just limiting them…so one robotics practice a week rather than two, etc.
  5. Lots of other little changes….

And that has led us to a No Spend Month!  I have paid all the bills for the month, stocked the cupboard with the help of a friend’s Costco membership (I cut our Sam’s Club renewal,) and have laid out the entire month financially based on what we have going on.  The ONLY extra this month will be Little Gymnast first meet which is up near DC so it will require a bit of extra gas money.

So here is our budget for this month (with all bills paid already:)

  • Gas – $150 (includes some extra for travel to the gymanstic’s meet)
  • Food – $50 (will have to restock eggs, milk and some fresh fruits/veggies towards the end probably but we’ll see, I’m going to try and push it but am prepared just in case)

When I first started reading blogs I followed a mom who did not spend months every year and I was always fascinated by the things she did…so here I am looking for tips on making the food stretch, finding meals I can make for days we are gone all day and looking for free activities we can do to entertain ourselves.

So here’s to November…our No Spend Month!  I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

Cute New Shoes – For Free!!!


I recently took a few old baby clothes to a resale shop nearby. I know you can get more money if you’re willing to sell on Facebook groups, but I don’t have the time to sell things off one-by-one, so I thought this was a good alternative.

After selling a few old baby garments, I had enough store credit to score these brand new, name brand, low-heel shoes that are cute and fun for work!

IMG_0590I was surprised to find brand new (literally – still had original tags) shoes at a consignment shop! I found a similar pair online (see here) for $25, so it’s not like they were Gucci or something. But still – can’t beat free!

So that was a fun little shopping “win” this week!

Hope your Monday is treating you right! Have a good week!