I have exactly nine dollars in my wallet. It’s left over from a rainy weekend at the beach house, a trip to Greenport with the girls (and their guys) and some last minute shopping in town.
As of today, school supplies have been purchased. Some school clothes were bought. An anniversary gift is on the way.
And that’s a good thing because for the next 28 days, I’m on a “no-spend” challenge. That nine dollars is going to have to last. Budgeted out, that’s 0.32 a day.
The “No-Spend” challenge is another blogging fad I’ve been coming across lately while surfing the interwebs (thanks, Pinterest!). That and depression are what all the fun, popular blogs are going on about. Since I’m not (too) depressed, I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon and try this challenge. I have different reasons than most of these mommy-bloggers, however.
I’ve been lazy lately. I’ve been riding the Long Island Railroad instead of taking the bus. I’ve been opting for fast-food because I can’t get up the energy to plan, shop and cook. Tuk Tuk boy (Thai food cart) calls my name too often for lunch at a price tag of $11. I’ve been watching too much “Big Bang Theory” (I’m trying to catch up!) instead of doing all the (mundane) things my family expects of me.
I decided to do this challenge mainly to kick my ass in gear.
I have stuff in our freezer that hasn’t seen the light of day in ages. We’re going to eat it. Our pantry has some odd things I bought on sale once upon a time. We’re going to eat it. We have 20 boxes of granola bars. We’re going to eat them. The stockpile has an inch of dust on it. I’m going to dust it off, cook it up and we’re going to eat it.
And hopefully, it will all last us 28 days.
Now, I’m not going to whip up that mason jar full of barley with the decrepit looking can of beans and serve it to my family for dinner tonight. I realize that my odd assortment of food will require some planning (thanks, Pinterest!) and some shopping to supplement that barley and those beans and I will try to make something delicious that we’re going to want to eat again. We won’t be buying anything we don’t need- no impulse purchases, no lattes on the way out of Stop And Shop and, at least for 28 days, no extreme couponing. Just exactly what we need to get by.
I’ve cleaned out the fridge to make room for those leftovers we’re actually going to finish. I’ve pared down my closet to see if there is stuff in there I’ve forgotten. We’re having a yard sale fundraiser for the soccer team and my pile to sell is getting bigger.
To simplify will be a nice by-product of this experiment.