I intentionally spent money this week. During my own No Spend Month Challenge. I could label it a complete fail, but I’m not. Hear me out.
My daughter gets out of school early on Wednesdays and my son had finals this week, so he was out of school Wednesday afternoon too. They both wanted to go rock wall climbing…and get this – they wanted to go with their mom.
We have a prepaid punch card to the climbing gym, but my kids don’t have all of their own equipment, so I paid $14 for harness and shoe rental.
That’s $14 well spent, in my opinion. There is no way I was going to turn down the opportunity to spend two hours having fun with my kids. They will leave me with an empty nest before I know it.
Ever since I read the book, Your Money or Your Life, I’ve made an effort to align my spending with my priorities and values. And this spending fit the bill.
Food still isn’t much of an issue. Apparently, I have a food hoarding problem. I love to stock up on the sales each week. But now I realize I stock up too much. This month is a good opportunity for me to see which items I need to buy less of.
Last week I had a hard time looking at the grocery store flyers without scoping out the sales. This week, I was over it.
And I’m eating healthier – partly because I’m trying to recover from the holidays and partly because all I can legally buy is produce. This is something I want to continue beyond the No Spend Month. More produce, less junk.
Plus, I saved time – I literally spent less than 15 minutes grocery shopping this week!
Here’s what we ate for dinner, not including veggies and fruit:
- Fried Rice (our way – bacon, lots of garlic, peas, carrots, onions, egg, and of course rice, soy sauce and a splash of sesame oil)
- Garlicky Potatoes and Sausage
- Taco Whatever (make your own burritos, taco salad, rice bowl)
- Irish Ground Beef Stew (ground beef, onions, potatoes, beef stock, peas, carrots, bay leaf, salt pepper, thickened with cornstarch)
- Mac and Cheese (a rice bowl for me)
- Quesadillas/Fried eggs (made to order)
- Fend for yourself (leftovers)
Lunches were leftovers or ham/cheese sandwiches + fruit/veggie.
Food I purchased:
Entertainment. I find it easy to entertain myself in the winter months without spending any money. We live in the Midwest and it’s winter. And I hate the cold. So, all I want to do is curl up with a good book and a fire.
Here’s what we did:
- Games. Alan and I played Rummikub for the first time in years. Our instructions don’t say how many points determines the winner. So we arbitrarily chose to play to 100 points before we started. After 2 hours, the score was -1 to +1. At that rate, we figure it would take about 8 days for one of us to reach 100 points (with no sleep, and no work).
- Tae Kwon Do class
- Rock Wall Climbing. I’m a complete amateur, but LOVE it.
- Watched movies on Netflix. Have you watched The Big Short? Oh. My. If you have any interest at all in the housing bubble and burst in the mid 2000’s, check it out.
- Enjoyed fires in the fireplace, complete with cozy blankets, books and movies. Is this heaven? No it’s Iowa.
- Kids had friends over
- I blog for entertainment. I’m typing this in my designated free time.
$14.00 (Climbing gym)
$8.60 (Week #1 – home improvement store)
Food: $21.49 (just the produce and milk so far!)
Last week: Food: $23.77 & Gas: $71.16
Total for the month (besides regular expenses): $139.02
Are you taking the No Spend Challenge? How are you doing?
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