I happened upon the Learning The Frugal Life blog and this challenge from last year. I’ve already reduced most of our spending on necessities only as I’m crazy determined to get rid of our consumer debt and thought that this would be a fun challenge to do for January.
What is the 31 Days of Nothing Challenge? It’s 31 days of spending nothing except what you absolutely need. Basically only your fixed expenses (mortgage, utilities, insurance, etc.), groceries and transportation. Even though groceries are included as necessities, I challenge you to try to use up everything in your fridge, freezer and pantry and try to cut that expense in half. We normally spend on average $600/month on groceries and personal care and I will set aside only $300 and try to make it work.
So how will this challenge apply to us? I normally make the kids’ lunches, but once in a while give them lunch money. Not this month! No eating out at all. Not stopping by McDonalds when we are out somewhere to get their coffee (my favorite).
No library late fees. I’m always paying some kind of library fine. We go to the library quite often and I am always late returning things. Can’t do that this month.
No spending money on entertainment. When hubby and I go out on a date night, it will have be completely free. Maybe a nice hike in the forest preserves..maybe some window shopping? I don’t know, anyone else have any ideas during the winter? We also like to take the kids on outings too..that will have to be free as well….or not go anywhere at all. Maybe just bust out some board games we haven’t played in a while! 🙂
No shopping for clothes. I don’t see any immediate need for clothes..so we should be fine. I really think that this should be the easiest thing to give up for families. I don’t think the kids will get holes in all of their socks this month. If they do, nothing a needle and thread can’t fix..right?
No personal Thrift Store shopping. This is a biggie for me as I go sourcing for inventory for my part time online sales business. I always pick up some inexpensive goodies for home. It’s hard not too, you can pick up the greatest items (clothes and home decor).
Cut back on water, electricity and gas usage. There are also so many things that we can do at home. Take quicker showers, turn off the lights when you leave a room. Turn down the thermostat by a few degrees and wear your sweater and snuggle under a blankie.
I’m really excited about this challenge. How about you?
Would you be willing to try the 31 Days of Nothing Challenge with me? If so, what rules will you create for your family?
Today I’m linking up with Simple Lives Thursday , Frugal Days Sustainable Ways and Rae Gun Ramblings.