So I am a week done with my no spend August Challenge. To learn about the challenge go here. Week one was from Friday the 1st till Friday the 8th.  I think it hasn’t been so bad actually.

 

tonight

Week one Update

we spent $46 on gas

We spent $115 on groceries.

I spent $45 on blogging fees but I used my Paypal money. I try to use money I make from blogging to pay my blog costs. So if you buy ad space from me no that it does help make improvements to the blog.

I know that I can do better on groceries. This is where I need to make a better effort with meal planning and figure out couponing.

We are trying  to build up our pantry a little so that we can have things on hand for the rest of the month and only buy perishables like bread, milk, cheese, etc.

I did realize that we have a lot of things on auto pay and that we might not need them all. I’m keeping Netflix because it’s something for the whole family and it saves us from buying a lot of movies, especially kids movies for Isabella.

There were a couple things for me on the computer and I realized it was adding up so I canceled two things which will save us $15 a month.

I think that’s one of the best things I’ve found so far about doing this is how closely I am paying attention to what we are spending money on. I should’ve been paying better attention all along but I haven’t been and that’s going to be a benefit of this challenge I wasn’t expecting.

I did let my husband pay $4 on fast food once. He was really hungry after work one night, if he gets too hungry it can trigger his epilepsy seizure so I’d rather pay $4 to keep him safe and healthy to get home than risk a seizure and him get in an accident. So it was worth it.

Other than that one time we got no fast food, take out, etc. I struggled with wanting to pick something up a couple times but it was fine. I really wanted to rent movies a few times but my husband said no and kept reminding me of the challenge. I also bought a magazine when I went grocery shopping and I have to remind myself not to do that when I go to the store.

I am really excited for this challenge and pleased with how well my family is doing. It hardly even has felt like a struggle but we are only a week into it.

I am also really excited about how many of my readers have said they want to do something like this in their own family. I think you all should and if you are let me know so I can support you. Getting so much great support has been really encouraging and made it easier for me.

I’m also extending my promo code for 25% off any ad through the challenge. Use the code yourock because really all of you do rock and have made this challenge doable for me.

 

 

pig

 

no purpose, this pig is just so cute