January No Spend MonthWow, did we enjoy December!

My mom came to visit for four weeks.  We had not seen her for nine months, so this was a real treat.

The kids loved spending time with grandma (as did we), and my husband and I enjoyed a few several dates out.  We don’t have a babysitter, so we only get to have dates out when my mom is here.  We may have spent a bit more than we had planned on dates in December.

Our local grocery stores were also having great sales and clearances, so we stocked up on groceries.  Sprout’s had 12 oz. packs of Creme Brule coffee for $3.99.  That’s close to the price per pound that I get Folger’s for my husband at Costco, so we stocked up.

My husband hasn’t had kimchi in years, so when I saw jars of it on clearance for $1.99 each, I bought 10 jars.

Grass-fed beef was on sale twice this moth for $3.99 a pound, so, yep, we stocked up and I used a lot of it for our freezer meals.

I also found grass-fed lamb on clearance for the unheard of price of $3.99 a pound.  Woo-hoo.  We now have 10 packages in our freezer.

While these deals were tremendous blessings, they also helped us to blow our grocery budget.

I’m hoping to get our finances back on track by having a No (or Low, if you will) Spending Challenge.

In the past, I’ve set aside $500 for a no spending challenge for four weeks, but I know, given my children’s growing appetites, that probably won’t cut it.  So for this No Spending Challenge, we will set aside $600 for four weeks from January 9th – February 6th.

That amount will cover all of our expenses for entertainment, food, gas, etc.  The amount will not include basic expenses like monthly bills.

I’ll report back once a week and let you know how much we spent, on what, and how the challenge is going in general.

What do you think?  Would you like to join me to get your budget back on track?  You don’t have to follow my guidelines.  You can do the challenge for whatever length of time you wish and for whatever amount you wish.

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