I got an email or saw something online about this challenge. It really struck home for me and I’ve signed up to do it.
Basically, you have to go for 31 days without spending any extra money on things that aren’t essential. Essentials are going to vary from person to person, but some suggested ones are giving to your church, paying regular bills and utilities, a much needed car repair, etc.
You are also going to be doing a lot of eating from what you have on hand. I don’t have a problem with that because my pantry and freezer are pretty well stocked right now (we’ll see how that worked out at the end of the 31 days), but I will have to purchase some fresh veggies and fruit as I use them for juicing for health reasons. That’s one I just can’t give up.
What this is going to mean for me is that I’m going to probably be doing some baking (finally using that block of yeast I have) and pulling out the crock pot for some meals that will stretch out over a few meals.
The web site is here: Living Well & Spending Zero
You’ll sign up for the newsletters that come daily and get lots of information and forms to use to guide you on your way. The first one was a letter of commitment. Here’s mine:
Today I’m going to be doing the Day Three pantry and freezer organization. Time to do an inventory on what I actually have. This is going to be very scary and hard. Right before I wrote this post I saw a book for crochet edgings that I really, really want with a 40% discount to add to it and as I reached for my wallet I remembered the challenge and emptied the shopping cart. Oh, it hurt!!! But it’s all for the good, so I must carry on. Besides, I can go online and find some patterns. (And maybe I’ll get the book later with the money I save this month – if it’s on sale again that is)
So if you decide to join in let me know how it’s going for you!