Monday, March 23, 2009

No Spend Challenge- Days 15-23

Well, I don't have much to say other than this challenge has been hard, but good. I've managed to stay away from the bargain browsing which normally results in unneeded spending. Knowing that Goodwill had everything 50% off Saturday and not allowing my car to drive there was no small feat, but I was victorious. I have to admit that I haven't spent $o. I've eaten out a few times with family and friends. But these weren't "I'm desperate and don't want to cook" outings. They were planned and much more enjoyable knowing that it wasn't sabotaging the budget.

We've already been realizing the positives of no miscellaneous spending for the month. The car has less that 500 miles on it for March which equates to less gas and less wear and tear on the vehicle we are trying to pay off. Also, an opportunity for six of the kids to take a gym/swim class for eight weeks arose. There was no borrowing from savings to pay that fee. I've gotten some organization done at home and rid of some things that were just clutter waiting to be moved and picked up again. We are anticipating some home repairs over spring break. Hopefully, it will be nothing major, but it's comforting to know that we can cover the expenses and stay on track with our van goal.

But more than what we have done, there is a heightened awareness of God's provision. Sean has had three extra contract jobs this month that were unexpected. It's good to save and it's good to work. We are thankful for both.


Heather L. said...

You are doing such a great job! I'm so inspired. It must have been hard to stay away from Goodwill. :)

Margaret said...

You're challenge is really very inspiring to me. Since I'm down a job and trying to save to get married, and without insurance currently I have been trying to cut back a lot too and I don't even have kids to provide for. :)

jennie said...

I should attach the song "Your The Inspiration." :) I too am inspired. I have cut our grocery bill in half. I am enjoying having a little extra to do some special things for the kids. Thanks for the jump start.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Wow Monica! You are doing a great job. I love hearing how God is providing for your family as you give your budgeting to Him daily!

mom24 said...

Such encouragement for me!
I have found that I save money by never shopping without a list and a purpose. If I ever end up 'browsing', I almost always end up spending money I didn't "need" to (which then adds guilt).