With that in mind, I'm challenging myself to spend nothing outside of groceries, gas, and household items for the month of January.
(Just typing that out makes me a little nervous.)
John and I talked about it this morning and he's on board.
Honestly, we're not big spenders anyway. We rarely eat out. We don't buy "stuff" we don't need. We don't have every techno-gadget that comes out (or very many at all for that matter), and our closets contain wardrobe basics. We try very hard to live within our means, BUT...I still think we could do better.
I'm not quite sure what this no-spend month will look like for me/us.
I think more than anything, I just want to think twice before adding things to my buggy (same thing as a cart for all you non-Southerners) or before handing over my debit card for purchases. I want to ask myself if I really, really need something or if maybe I can get creative and use something I already have instead.
There are some challenges that already come to mind. I know a couple of my kids' friends have birthdays this month. I'm hosting Bunco and need to come up with a hostess gift. But I'm already thinking creatively, and that's a good thing!
The thing I anticipate being the hardest? I'm a
slightly addicted huge fan of Starbucks and our local teahouse, making at least one trip a week. Maybe January will find me having a friend over for coffee/tea instead, or coming home and making a cup for pennies, or possibly using up my stash of gift cards that I've been saving.
Could be an interesting month.
I realize that I'll probably have to give myself some grace in this, and that's okay. I'm not much of a legalist anyway. I really view this as more of a challenge to get me to change my thinking patterns than anything.
So...anyone wanna play along with me and try to curb your spending this month? Or anyone wanna volunteer to ask me how I'm doing from time to time?