Due to some surprising twists and turns, this month I am going on a frugal fast. I am hoping that by the end of the month I will have gained some great frugal lessons. I will not be spending any money that is not absolutely needed. Here is how I hope to achieve this.
1.) Stop, look and ponder. Do I really need this or is it impulse buy? I will be including my beloved sodas in this. I am a little addicted to a bit of caffeine each day so I am anxious about how this will be done.
2.) Stay home. It is hard to spend money at home. I hope to avoid the daily deal sites and my beloved sites that post great buys. Hope to see ya soon! ;-)
3.) Grocery Budget is $200.00. Let's all laugh hysterically at my optimism. There are six of us. I feel I might be overshooting this since my freezers are not bulging with great meat buys. I hope to put together some meals that include meat as flavoring but not the star of the meal. Let's hope I am successful. Oh, I also found a deal on chicken breast for .89 a pound so I plan to get 10 pounds. Anyone have great chicken recipes?
4.) Putting Limits on Kids' Activities - I am going to stay focused on the prize and really work on this one. This is one area I struggle with when it comes to the kids. I don't take them to the movies every weekend or McDonalds every day. My second oldest really wants to play baseball and that fee would be paid at the end of February. I would really, really, really have a hard time saying no to that.
I am glad that February is a short month, but I fear that I will be carrying this challenge on to March. I will update each week in the grocery and gas department for February so that you can see how I am doing. I will also love your guys' input in how I can make my dollars stretch. One way I have found is looking at what I have around the house and seeing if it can be used in a different way. For example, I have a couple of huge containers of dehydrated apple slices. I am in need of some baking oil. If I take the apples and make applesauce, I should be able to use the applesauce in place of oil in baking. Hopefully, creative thinking will take me far in this challenge.
Just so you know, this month I will not have a grand total of what I have saved. This fast is due to the fact that we are struggling like many small business owners and for this month, I am living off of savings. I didn't want to disappoint anyone at the end.