February is our SUPER LEAN SPENDING MONTH. We are changing the name from the more common Spend Nothing Month. We know we will spend money on something!
So today is our first day since Barb got paid (on the last work day of the month) and John gets his check tomorrow (the first work day of the month). We both get paid once a month. It is actually easier once you get used to it – it could also be that we’ve been once a month for about 25 years. You pay all the bills up front – no saving a certain amount for the mortgage, etc. Then you know exactly how much you have to spend for the next 30ish days. We are doing this for February since it only has 28 days this year – yes, we like to play mind games with ourselves!
Today (Jan 31, 2017) we spent $70.53 I know it doesn’t look like we are off to a great start in minimal spending. This purchase included dryer sheets, dishwasher detergent, and ziploc bags for the freezer. I know, plastic bags are bad. We just find it so much easier to divide the stuff we need to freeze into the bags for later use. We also purchased eggs, applesause (I make our own during time off, while we are working it gets bought!), yogurt, almond milk, beets, and a pork loin. This should cover at least 2 dinners and several breakfasts. We’ll see! We are also planning to use up as much as possible from the pantry and freezer. Food will still need to be purchased – we don’t have much extra stored anymore.
Decluttering update: 625 items left our house and garage in January!! We have over 1/4 of our 2017 gone already! It’s hard to not be excited! Kiddo #2 removed 71 stuffed animals and the rest was from our disaster in the garage. Hard to believe we have so many items that can still leave the house.
Let us know if you decide to try a Super Lean Month as well! We know Life As I Interpret It will be joining us. She also did a “sample” month for January.