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:

-0- We stayed home all day.

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

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.

Probably because I was at home all day!

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!

$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.

-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.


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!!