I might have to do a lot more work on my way of thinking that I imagined. My first reaction is to go to the store and buy the ingredient I need instead of adapting my recipe to what’s in my fridge.
Case in point, I want to make beef soup. Usually made with salt beef and beef ribs. I have the salt beef, no ribs. First thought? Add ribs to grocery list. Then remember I am on a no spend challenge. Next thought? Increase amount of salt beef to compensate for no ribs.
I can be taught!!!
Instead of taking stock of my freezer/fridge/cupboard situation, I moved my living room furniture around … a lot. I supposed it’s still early enough that I could knock this task off my list. We’ll see how that goes. Either way I spotted some ground beef in my small freezer which I will take out and make dinner with tomorrow.
My only goals are to come in under budget this month and empty out my freezer. This being said, there is a concert tomorrow that I really wanted to go to that I am “choosing” to miss. Or at least that is how I am marketing it. 😉 Gotta keep my eye on the prize!
Since I didn’t really cook a thing last week, I was going to recycle last week‘s menu. Then I remembered I was running low on white rice for my dirty rice. Then I thought whatever I’ll just use brown rice and hope the kidlets don’t notice. 😉
I’m going to challenge myself to not spend any more money this month. I am under in the food categories, but paying for grad photos and the post secondary school application for Princess pushed me over my “other” category.
I am going to have to get creative as I am out of spaghetti sauce but have lots of pasta and meat. I will be scouring the cupboards if I need to. The lasagna roll ups I made tonight, the left overs from the weekend and the dirty rice should get us to Saturday. I have a couple of frozen pizzas and other convenience food in my possession. This might not be as hard as I thought.
On a completely different note, my tea mug cracked today. All I did was pour hot water … like I have done hundreds of times before and crack … hot tea all over my counter.
Not sure you can see the way it cracked right through the bottom and partially up the other side.
I have never had this happen before. It was one of my favourites. 😦
The No (Low) Spend Challenge is done!! Whoo hoo!!!!
No Spend Day 🙂
$250 last payment on Diva’s QC trip!!!
No Spend Day 🙂
Grand Total: $279.73
2 No Spend Days!!
Coffee Tin Change Pile: $17.07 + $33.40 (debit usage) + ???
Overall it was a trying month. I managed to pay for over $900 worth of “unplanned” expenses with good old fashion cash and without dipping into my savings! 🙂 To do this I had to reduce my debt repayment and savings. 😦 Doable for a short while, but I don’t think I would like to attempt it on a long-term basis.
Overall I spent just over $1300 on ‘life’. Considering $900+ was on one time expenses, I don’t feel too horribly. I had 11 ‘No Spend Days“. Had I planned better I think I could have had more. Coffee tin has $74.36! Not bad for spare change. I will continue to add to it, but the next time I open it and count it will be December 2, 2012. Maybe there will be enough in there for a little sparkly something.
As for my ‘other‘ challenge … I managed to get rid of some of the offending products but not all. 😦 I sort of forgot about it. 😦
So on to the next challenge. Carla has another great one. This month’s fun is “Decluttering AND Low (No) Spending“. I will be doing both.
For the Low(No) Spending portion I am going to boost my vacation fund to at least $500, but hopefully closer to $1000. Right now it sits at a measly $194.45. During my family filled week-end, my Dad asked me if I (along with my girls) wanted to come along with him, my step-mom & siblings to … either North Carolina or South Carolina next month. I wasn’t really paying attention. All I heard was “This March Break we are going to … Carolina, wanna come?” I booked the week off last year but had no plans to do much, so this is a welcomed trip. In light of my new-found cash only lifestyle I want to have some spending money instead of relying on credit. Hopefully there will be space in the mini-van for my cooler so I can bring back lots of Chobani. 😉
So it looks like another month of watching the pennies and minimal eating out for my household. The kids understand that this is for a greater good so they are on board. That makes it a little easier.
For the decluttering part I am going to take
incriminating before pictures soon.
- Week One: Personal Space Challenge
I have a chair in my room that has become a place to rest my clothes. 😦
- Week Two: Family Space Challenge
We have a book shelf in the living room that needs a lot of pruning. I have to be honest with what books I will really read in the near future and which ones I can part with.
- Week Three: Productivity Challenge
I am not sure about this one yet.
- Week Four: The “Dreaded” Challenge
Oh I have a doozy and I think it might take the cake. I moved into my apartment over 4 years ago and still have stuff in boxes. 😦
I am sure with all of that I will be able to find 29 things to remove from my home.
Last night was a weak moment. I spent far longer than I would like to admit drooling over a pretty watch. It is amazing how in life we can justify
stupid irrational decisions. Last year I fell in love with a watch … until I saw the price. Now I am lusting after another one whose only redeeming quality other than it being pretty is that it is 1/10th of the price of the original watch. 1/10th!?! **shaking my head**
It’s a slippery slope people, watch out. (pun intended!!) LOL
It is no secret that I like pretty sparkly things. But I am trying hard to keep it all under control.
I don’t need to buy things.I don’t need to buy things.I don’t need to buy things.
Maybe if I say it often enough maybe it will sink in. 🙂
On a different note, once this month is over and the no (low) spending is relaxed just a little, I will turn my coffee tin change pile officially into a “Sealed Pot“. It will not be opened again until December 2, 2012. At that time it will either magically turn into a watch or be put towards Christmas shopping. Either way a WIN-WIN. 🙂