It doesn’t even seem like this month is just about over! I’m motivated to do another no spend challenge and hopefully have more success next time. With that being said I’m still very pleased about how well we did this month. We would have been much more successful if my husband’s phone hadn’t fried, and if he didn’t need to make last-minute purchases for things he needed (he was in the field all month). Those purchases are what have hit us the most this month, but were basically unavoidable.
We have both cheated during this month. I have purchased a few meals out including a slice of pizza at Sam’s club and a lunch with friends visiting for the day. I definitely rationalize the lunch date, the pizza slice was avoidable but it was $2 and I would not have made it through the shopping trip I was so hungry and drained (keep in mind the 34 weeks pregnant thing). I have also purchased $33 worth of toys for Elizabeth to receive when dad gets home, as gifts from him. Alternatively, Will has purchased a few meals here and there, and all of his “last minute needs” in the field are definitely cheats because, well, he has plenty of socks in his dresser, he just didn’t pack them.
Going forward with “no spend month” challenges I want to keep in mind that we will need to:
- Meal plan because feeding an adult man (who cannot eat as blandly as Elizabeth and I have this past month) will require more thought and preparation.
- Plan it during a “normal” month when my husband will be home so he isn’t tempted to spend money or be in a situation where he is unable to use something we already own, like all of his socks.
- Give ourselves tasks to accomplish around the house. I believe that having a to-do list at home has kept me busy around the house rather than wandering stores impulsively buying things, and it has benefited the home as well!
Which month would you recommend for doing another No Spend challenge? Have you ever done a challenge similar to this?