Hey Loves! We are half through NO Spendtember!! I thought I’d share an update on how things were going. I’m doing pretty good but its hard at times.
So – OMG – the challenge is real y’all! I am so tempted every day by emails about sales. I’ve gone to just deleting them, I don’t even open them. The temptation is so hard for me but so far – no online purchases for myself/personal use.
I do have to confess. I did cave twice. I bought myself a fall candle and wax melts from Kohls because I had $5 cash back expiring in September and stacked it with 30% off and free shipping. A roughly $25 purchase came out to $6. I also caved again on Saturday – I went to target to pick up freebies to review and picked up a Glade fall candle. Its normally $2.99 – but I had a coupon for $.55 off and a cartwheel offer ended up bringing it to $2.20. Technically I caved BUT I still have spent less than $10 on myself so far!
Besides my serious weakness for fall candles and wax melts – I have only purchased gas and groceries! YAY! I did purchase some cleaning supplies – like dish soap but I categorize that broadly under groceries and household things.
I haven’t ate out yet – although I know specifically I will on Sept 29 for a function I’m going to so I’m hoping that I will only have one and I knew about it in advance. I’ve been enjoying cooking and cleaning out my fridge of leftovers.
I did try meal planning and that worked for me but my roommate is anti-leftovers and didn’t even try. When cooking bigger meals we split the cost of ingredients but it still didn’t matter to him. I ate leftovers and he ate out. Eh… its his money not mine!
So far – I’m happy I jumped on this challenge. My grocery spending still seems high – but I’m going to track all expenses for 3 months and then re-assess my budget. I was thinking I could get by for under $100 for groceries in a month but I’m more around the $125-150 range. I’d really LOVE to get it to $80 a month but that would be cutting it nearly in half of the top number so its something to work towards. I do clip coupons and shop only sale items if possible.
Until next week friends – have you tried no-buy months? What’s your trick to saving money on groceries besides coupons and shopping sales?