I joined up with the 31 Days of Living Well and Spending Zero challenge starting October 1st. I actually… uh, forgot about it, though, until I got home and checked my email at 9:30 at night. I immediately felt guilty for buying totally delicious but terrible-for-you F’real milkshakes for everyone at our only grocery store in town for a treat, until I remembered I actually hadn’t paid for them. My dear mother did. SO THERE.
Day 1, completed!
I signed the contract, and filled out my ground rules sheet. Some people (not me) are awesome and are trying to like, not buy FOOD and all this month too, but I have no real stockpile of food as is, so groceries are not being ‘cut’. Or we’ll starve or resort to cannibalism or something awful like that.
Same with toiletries and other household goods. They will have to be purchased as needed.
I have a few things I have to set aside for already – like Boy Scout popcorn. My kid’s in scouts, I’m obligated to buy something. But I’ve set a very small cap. Like, one thing. I think we’ve covered most things he needs for scouts already, but I have to cover any expenses there as they come up also. Same with Girl Scouts. Then there’s Halloween candy for the door, but luckily, it’s a small town and I doubt I’ll have to spend much. And I’m not buying costumes, but I’ve allowed a small budget for face paint for the kids, and a pumpkin for each of them to carve. My mother’s birthday is November 3rd, and while I’ve purchased part of her gift already, and hope to make another part, I’ll need to get her something from the kiddos. Lastly, our town Harvest Festival is this week, and since it’s like one of the only things to EVER happen here in town, we’re gonna splurge a bit on the craft show (hey, maybe I’ll find that present!), and then hit the Homecoming football game. My kids have never actually been to a football game. Except The Boy. He did once, with a mentor or something. But I’ve never taken them. So this will be a new experience.
But that’s… it. No eating out. No F’real milkshakes. (boohoo, unless Grandma buys!) No books. (sadface.) No curriculum. No random internet buys to soothe my lonely soul… No random kids clothing or whatever else I feel like I ‘need’. Including the Great Pumpkin Dash marathon I kind of wanted to do but probably wouldn’t really do anyway and would just be a waste of money.
Do I have too many exceptions? I feel like it. But if I can stick to this, I’ll be happy enough, I think.
So, here’s to a great 31 (well, 30, now!) days of spending zero! (kind of.)