It’s funny for us to look back and see how much easier No Spend Month has gotten over the years. We’ve joked that every month is like No Spend Month at our house these days, so this shouldn’t be too hard.
This month we are planning to spend $609 on all of our food, transportation, and personal care costs. Basically anything that’s not a monthly bill or a health care expense goes into this amount. As long as we stick to the plan, we’ll be able to save an extra $191 to put towards our student loan. That’s right LOAN! (No S at the end. Just four months ago we had four of them. Not that I’m excited or anything.)
Week 1 Spending
This week you’ll see a few things in the budget that we make a monthly allowances for rather than actual spending. That way we’ll have enough in our budget and our bank account whenever those expenses do pop up. For instance, we save all year and make one bulk meat purchase in the fall. This allows us to save a lot on grass fed beef.
Here’s what we spent (or set aside) in No Spend Month week #1:
$67 saved for bulk meat purchase later in the year
You might remember that I was planning to spend $38 per week on groceries. This week I did two weeks worth of meal planning and grocery shopping, so we’re actually right on budget for groceries, for now. My theory is the fewer trips to the store you make, the less money you will spend.
Check back next week for the week #2 update and more No Spend Month tips.
shannon Clark, Financial Coach
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