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An Update on #NoSpendJanuary


We are almost half way through the month of January. And we have spent NO Extra Money (I did pay our rent and utility bills, of course.) Unfortunately, it does look like I will have to spend some this week.

Our Pot Bit the Dust

First, one of our 4 cooking pots bit the dust. Not only did the bottom come off, but it also almost caught fire. I honestly was going to try to make it through the month without replacing it, but with us cooking so much and only having 3 pans now, I really need too.

Thankfully, I received an Amazon gift card and a Walmart gift card for Christmas, so I won’t have to spend any cash to replace it.

Grocery Store Run

We are also running low on some of our essential groceries. Since I didn’t pre-plan for this no spend month or do a month long meal plan like I did for our No Spend October, I was less prepared with stocked shelves this time.

Therefore, I don’t feel super bad about having to spend some money on groceries. We are still primarily eating through the freezer and pantry, but there are some things we need. I will report back on how that goes. I’ve been putting it off and haven’t even made a list yet.

As a sidenote, we did run out of propane tonight. Discovered when Sea Cadet tried to make us burgers. We ended up pan frying them which was fine. But I’ll be adding propane to my February list.

Is anyone else doing a #NoSpendJanuary? How’s it going?


Merry and Bright


I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and great holiday season, in general!

I’m so glad I got to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with my girlies! We went to a Christmas Eve service and then spent Christmas morning snuggling, singing Christmas songs, and enjoying time together.

There were fewer gifts under the tree than normal, and several of the packages were “needs” rather than “wants” (a package of socks, package of panties, and pair of leggings, for instance). But they also got a JoJo bow-making kit (retailing at $19.99, this was one of the “big” gifts this year), and they loved the Dollar Store paint kit just as much has if it had been a $20 art kit. Frugality for the win!

The girls are with their Dad today while I get our things packed up for our upcoming trip to Texas. Looking forward to seeing extended family and spending part of the holiday season together.

Merry Christmas, y’all! <3