No Spend January: Starting Off the New Year Right!!
I have a Christmas hangover. No, not from drinking or partying or eating too much junk (which, by the way, I DID). It’s a money hangover. My family is just too large!! And I have teenagers to buy for… we all know that the things that they do and are “in to” are NOT cheap.
So, for the entire month of January, I am not purchasing anything that isn’t absolutely necessary.
What do I mean by “absolutely necessary”??
Toilet paper, milk and bills. That is ALL I’m spending money on.
Nope, I’m not even grocery shopping other than small items that I just don’t have on hand. We are eating out of the freezer cooking supply, what I have in the pantry, and leftovers. No takeout; no eating out, and no waste of any kind.
Ok, I know that some of you are saying, “But wait!! I didn’t plan for this!! How do I do it??” My advice? Plan for a No Spend February.
Honestly, it’s the shortest month, and if this is your first No Spend, then that’s the perfect month to try it out and see how you like it, what you need to do differently to make it work, and how you can get your family on board with the idea.
My biggest piece of advice: Just Don’t Go to the Store.
It may not be easy for me this month, as there are a lot of items stashed in the pantry that just don’t seem like they are going to go together, but I’m fighting tooth and nail to plan out everything. Whether we end up eating pancakes for supper (which I really don’t think anyone minds), or eating the same stew 3 days in a row, I am NOT purchasing take out.
The end of December I took a quick inventory of what all we have in our freezer. Meat is the biggest thing to make sure I have enough of. A vegetarian based meal is just not going to fly with City Spouse. We have a lot of ground beef and some stray chicken (that I seem to have forgotten about somehow) in the freezer, so it’s just a matter of pairing things that I have to make supper.
I’m working on the meal plan for the week right now, and I will get it posted ASAP. It’s not going to involve ANY shopping. I’m strictly cooking from what we already have.
Oh, and I’m working overtime to get even more ahead for the month. It’s really not that hard to plan for, especially when there are so many options in the freezer that can either be dumped into the CrockPot the morning I’ll be late, or just thawed and then CS can put it in the oven.
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