Well my January Spending Freeze is over...the totaled saved was $500.00. Wow! A Spending freeze is not a new concept. There are many blogs that talk about spending freezes. They have certain rules like no buying wine. I can tell you that was one rule I threw out J . I kept my Spending Freeze basic because over complicating would not have made sense for me to keep motivated for the whole month. With that being said I am not going out on Feb. 1st and spending everything I saved January…that money went into savings.
My spending freeze rules were after household bills were paid, only spend money on FOOD and GAS and 1 weekly treat for my son at Culvers. Culvers has a great deal between 2-5 pm everyday: buy one get one free shake and concrete mixers. That is our weekly treat we call it our “TREAT TUESDAY”. It is under $5 and I can never finish mine so my husband gets to eat the rest.
When I say FOOD it doesn't mean steak and shrimp for dinner every night. I built my weekly menu by using my pantry and freezer items and that I went to the store to buy only what I needed to complete those meals. I used everything up in my fridge and nothing went to waste. To keep things simple I did a lot of price matching at Walmart to make less trips to the store. I also got some great deals at JEWEL last week on eggs, potatoes and Goldfish which helped out a lot. Before I would go to the store again I would use up everything in the fridge and I would bring a list of what I was going to buy to keep myself on track.
It was hard not to impulse shop especially on anything home/organizing/office supplies and glitter shiny things. I saw some pretty yellow dish towels and drying mats at Walmart that would have matched my kitchen perfectly. It was hard to pass them up but I did! I was able to stay on track by going home and organizing my projects that I have been putting off because of lack of time. If you don’t go out shopping and lunching, you got some time on your hands. I cleaned out two closets had two bags for donations and 1 bag to go to a friend to hand down clothes to her kids. Worked on my office at home organizing…it badly needed it. I made a huge batch of my homemade laundry soap, I had the ingredients already but no time it took two hours and I have 6 month supply on laundry soap. Yeah! I also sent a lot of time cleaning more than I normally do. After you clean all the stuff in your house and get down and dirty all the little places, you don't want to bring more stuff in to clutter it up. I have plenty of dish towels. I also got some time to put together some Upcycle ideas that you all will get to see in the weeks to come. I love my local library and I rented movies there for free every week and checked out books on cooking. I found out two new cooking tricks ...did you know you can freeze cooked potatoes and make hard boil eggs in your rice cooker. Wow...I thought I was so cool when I called my friend Barb and told her about the potatoes she said she has been doing it for years (she giggled at how I was so excited about this fact.)
The spending freeze concept allows you to see how much impulse, needless money we waste in a months’ time. It truly works and you can see right away how it works by looking at the bottom line. Hope this helps you all out to put more money in your savings or use it for a specific goal like a Disney vacation. Looking forward to February. Stay tuned Frugalistas for a month a money savings tips, DIY's and Upcycle ideas.
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