I’m always amazed at how quickly time seems to go by, and this week was no exception.
You’d think that with the determination to spend nothing the days would drag… but I actually found that the week sped by much more quickly than anticipated. And now, here we are at the end of week one of the NO SPEND month and I’m ready to go through the weekly reflection.
Each week with the book 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero there is a pause to reflect on how things went. There are some questions to answer and even a nifty worksheet you can download to make it fun. I’m going to go through some of the questions and share where I am at with it all.
Scariest Part of Starting the Challenge
I don’t think I felt any sort of fear going into the no spend challenge. The first time I did this, I was a mess about it. I wondered if we’d be able to eat properly and how we would have any fun. I felt terrible because it was nearing holiday season and I didn’t want the kids to miss out on any fun stuff. But I quickly learned that we had more food than we knew what to do with, and my kids were just as happy at a park than anywhere else.
I don’t have a huge stockpile of food this time, but I think I’ve learned we don’t need as much as we once stored. The fear of food issues is not something I deal with anymore. I’ve realize that God never lets us go hungry, and a no spend won’t change that.
One Thing I’m Most Excited About with this Challenge
The one thing that excites me the most about this challenge is the potential to save money for our homeschool curriculum. That was my motivation going into this in the first place. I do not want to go into debt buying our materials for the next school year.
The Biggest Struggle this Week
Week one focused a lot on food because that is where most people begin stressing when the idea of a no spend is brought up. I knew going into this that we would have to hit the grocery store for much needed dinner items. And I was right. We went shopping and picked up some necessary items. Because we had planned for that shopping trip, I don’t consider it a fail. Groceries are a must. My family needs to eat. The no spend is about no excess spending outside of what we absolutely need. So while I didn’t have any grocery struggles, I did struggle with some ads that came in. My husband started looking at them and pointed out a few things we had talked about in the past and the sale prices on them. It was hard to say no, but I’m glad we did.
Where Were You Tempted, or Where Did You Cheat
There was no cheating this week. We stayed on track with our plan of no excess spending and I’m proud of that. But as mentioned above, those sale ads are super tempting!
Most Worried About Looking Forward
I think the one thing that I am most worried about looking forward is my husband’s stay-cation. I want him to enjoy his time off. And even though we talked about it in terms of the no spend month, I do worry about him getting bored or frustrated. It will be a challenge, but it is one he has said repeatedly that he is up for. I guess we’ll just see how it all pans out.
I think the discovery of just how much I can make for breakfast with what we already have in the pantry was a pretty big AHA moment for me. It’s amazing what Bisquick can do!
Most Surprising Things from this Week
It may sound silly, but most surprising to me has been my husband’s commitment to the process. I know he reads my blog, so I just want him to also know how much I appreciate his willingness to see this through. It is good for our finances and for our family.
On to Week TWO!
So, it’s been a good start for us. Have you been doing your own no spend challenge? If so, how did you do?
Next week the focus shifts from food to cleaning and organizing. If you know me, then you know how excited I am about that. I can’t wait!