Saturday, January 24, 2009

No Spend Challenge: Week Three


I did pretty good this week with my spending. Challenging myself to spend no money outside of groceries, gas, and household items is harder than I thought it would be, but it's been great in that I've become aware of places I spend money without really thinking twice.

Here's my weekly breakdown:


Saturday:
-0- We stayed home all day.


Sunday:
-0-
Like I said last week, between church and home it's easy to not spend money.


Monday:
Our kids were out of school for MLK day, so we headed to the Springs for some errands and lunch with friends at Chick-Fil-A. Spent $12.97 on lunch. The four of us shared two meals.

We also went to Michael's... $6.44

My very talented friend and summit sister, Chele, made a 12x12 digital scrapbook print of our Pikes Peak ascent. It's been hanging on the side of my refrigerator for the last four months and I keep meaning to buy a frame for it. 

I priced them at Michael's last fall and they were $10. I knew I could use a 40% off coupon and get it for $6, but I never seemed to have my coupon with me when I needed it. At Christmas, they had the frames on sale for $5, but I wasn't in town. Last week they were on sale for $4...and I couldn't resist the bargain. Doesn't it look GREAT in this frame??? I love it!
I let the girls pick up some Hannah Montana stuff from the clearance bins. The dollar stuff was half-price so they each got a dry erase board and a set of mechanical pencils for $1. It was a cheap thrill for them, and that dry erase board kept them busy for the rest of the afternoon!

I also spent .75 at Best Buy. Will used a gift certificate to buy a Wii game and I covered his overage.



Tuesday:
-0-
Probably because I was at home all day!



Wednesday:
-0-
I was at home almost all morning, but met my friend at the tea house that afternoon. I had a gift card from Christmas, and lucky for me, I still have a balance!



Thursday:
$1.07  I picked Will up from school and took him by McDonald's for a soda. The day before had been a hard one for him/us so it was a small act of restoration.



Friday:
-0- I'm not counting the $261 grocery shopping trip, but I saved $36.35 in coupons! Woohoo!


So, I think I had a better week. I stayed home almost every day though and honestly, that will drastically cut your spending. I'm such a homebody! 

Like I said at the beginning of this challenge, I'm not a legalist. I'm not beating myself up for spending money. I'm primarily using this challenge to identify areas of thoughtless spending.

One more week to go. 

This week might be a bit more spendy. I came home from picking kids up yesterday afternoon and couldn't get our garage door open. Looks like we're going to have to call the repairman. AND, I JUST made an appointment to get my hair cut next week. I tried to make it until February, I really did, but it needs some serious attention.

14 comments:

Becky said...

Love the scrapbook page...what a great keepsake!!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Beautiful scrapbook page!! Great job this week, Mer! I can't wait to hear what you've learned at the end of this. I also have a finance post (or 3) wandering around in my head. Hopefully I'll get it (them) written in a next week.

BTW, I'm going to take the plunge and seen my power cord to work with Joel next week. That'll give me limited battery power for the things I really need to do - like finances and menus.

Tiffani said...

I'm so so proud of you!! What a great job!!


I think it helps so much just being conscious of what we're spending..avoid traps and places that tempt us!!

This has been a great challenge!

Kellie said...

I think you are doing great!

As for the hair...That's not really spending.

At least that's what I tell myself.

Amber said...

Great job, Mer!

I'm so impressed that you guys are able to split 2 meals. Amazing!

And that scrapbook page deserved to be framed....

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful scrapbook page! I think it's pretty in that frame.........and what a great price too! The good thing is that you are even able to reuse that frame when you do your next hike! Very cool!

Great job on the challenge. I have been learning a lot from other's thru the blogs and I think it's awesome! BTW, I did make a bunch of ground beef the other day when I made spaghetti. Hubby came home and saw ALL this meat and wondered what was going on and I shared that I am cooking for this coming week and he laughed. Then said I like these blogs! ROFL

OH, and I'm in dire need of a hair cut too. I don't think that you can count the hair cut and the fridge repairman for your challenge. Those are really things you need. :)

Post a pic of your haircut. I'm itchin for a new look. :)

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I think you did very well. I need to do this myself. Maybe I'll try it in February.

Puva said...

Awesome scrapbook page! Looks like the No-Spend Challenge is going well. I admire your determination and perseverance (:

Jacquie said...

Another good week! Good for y'all, splitting meals like that. Saved on the calories and fat grams too!!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Yes, it's much easier to not spend when I'm home -- granted I stay away from online shopping. LOL. Part of the reason I keep a stock of library books... :)

Christi said...

You are doing so well Meredith! I've got that staying home trick figured out too...sooo much easier to not spend money when you stay home! And being a homebody anyway...I don't mind it!

Gretchen said...

You're doing an awesome job, Girl!!! Yes, I agree with Kellie--hairapy is an essential. :) It tickles me that u post your receipts.

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

Wow!!! You're doing great!!!!

Jenn said...

I love your Pikes Peak memory on your wall. So cool!!