Hence my challenge as a way to get back to my goal of paying off those credit cards: how long can I go without spending any money* this month? Could I make it the whole way? I keep waffling on my food, which brings up the good point that I have a lot of food around here but I like to think that because I am out of one thing, I "have nothing to eat." I could work on my planning and my using up things and on not wasting food. And even though I just broke my sandals, I have a bazillion other shoes and am just fine not getting any more this month. I have 2 3rds a tank of gas. The cats are all stocked up. How far will I get?
Uh oh. How much Diet Coke do I have? This might get ugly.
* I'm not counting rent and my regular bills, student loan, credit card payment.
I sometimes play this game myself. It's easier when I'm focusing just on my own spending and not thinking about the kids or hubby. Good luck!
Have fun! As a short term thing this can save money without being too painful. I say money spent at grocery store should be allowed (maybe a limited number of trips) but money spent for coffee or restaurants not allowed. Might allow you to last longer on the challenge.
Have you read _Not Buying It: My Year without Shopping_, by Judith Levine? It's a quick reading and provides some interesting reflections on consumerism and why we buy. These issues aren't exactly central to your interest in saving money, but it might provide some inspiration, of sorts. (Get it from the library!)
Ooh, I don't know I could go a month without *shopping*! I mean, I looked at everything in that stupid little flyer in the mail before I recycled it today. Also, I bought The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks earlier this summer and have yet to crack it. And, really, will be up to my ears in essays soon and will not be doing any readings right now.
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