Welcome to 31 Days:The No Spend Month. If you are joining for the first time, you may want to start on Day 1.
So we’re in the middle of our No Spend Month and I have to be honest, it’s quite a bit harder than I thought. There have been so many things that have come up that we didn’t expect when planning this month: birthdays, early winter weather, and unexpected trips out of town.
The good news is that we have cut expenses in several areas: groceries, entertainment, eating out and other non-essentials.
If you want to save a few bucks but can’t commit to an entire No Spend Month, why don’t you have a No Spend Weekend? It’s a great way to get a small taste of the discipline you need and the money you can save.
You can implement similar No Spend principles:
- No eating out. Eat from your pantry and freezer. Get creative.
- No spending on entertainment. Below are a few ideas on how to spend your time.
- No spending on non-essentials.
- Only drive when necessary.
If you can’t spend money and can’t go anywhere, you’re going to need a few ideas on how to spend your time, here’s 25:
- Bake your family’s favorite cookies, pie, cake or dessert.
- Complete a home improvement project that never got finished.
- Go for a bike ride or family walk.
- Play a game with your kids: baseball, tennis, basketball, frisbee.
- Clean and organize your pantry and freezer and fill out the Inventory.
- Meal plan for the week ahead.
- Plan a cheap date night – for next weekend.
- Subscribe to a few frugal living and deal blogs: FrugalLivingNW, Hip2Save, Organic Deals, Money Saving Mom.
- Clean out your closets and donate, recycle, or sell unneeded items.
- Plan your holidays. Start on any homemade gifts.
- Create a Pinterest account and find pins that interest you.
- Invite friends over for a board game, cards or movie.
- Host a sleepover. Make pancakes for breakfast – they are cheap.
- Catch up on a favorite book or magazine.
- Create a free spa day with homemade spa products.
- Make a list of goals for 2013 – it’s going to be here before you know it.
- Cancel your cable and sign up for Netflix – it will save you big bucks.
- Put together the baby books you haven’t gotten to in years.
- Go to the library, there’s so many ways to save money there.
- Get out all the construction paper, stickers and scissors you’ve been saving for a ‘rainy day’ and do a craft with your kids.
- Plan a volunteer activity for your family.
- Set out clothing for the weekend. Iron, if needed.
- Put together your annual photobook – just don’t click ‘Buy’ until Monday.
- Take a nap!
What else could we do during a No Spend Weekend?