No Spend September

This is a little bit off my regular posts, but here goes.  Our budget is being readjusted since I am no longer receiving a paycheck.  🙂  We never budgeted any of the regular living expenses considering my contribution, however it was always there to take up the slack and fill in for the extras.  The summer months and August has kicked our tails.  Considering some extra traveling my hubby and my oldest did in prep for college, and all the nickel and dime back to school expenses, and oh I don’t think I mentioned on here that my daughter is back doing her gymnastics thing (and let me tell you that ain’t free or cheap), oh and I’m pretty sure all three of our cars need some sort of work done.  The enemy {satan} has a very good way of putting doubts in your head – I know I am totally in God’s will by quitting my job and staying home, but the money thing will always make you wonder – God is bigger people I promise.  We got two checks this week that were not planned – just enough to take care of a couple of necessities.  And yes, I know I could just put it on my visa card – but I’m tired of rolling like that, it’s a never-ending cycle that goes nowhere.

I have been inspired this month by Sarah’s no spend August.  I have been reading all month all the things that she was able to accomplish, projects she has had on the list for a while but just hadn’t gotten to.  I decided to make a list of things that I had been wanting to do that would only take time and not money.  It was a considerable list peeps!!

So, I have decided to do my part to help with the budget recovery.  I have seen no-spend months done in lots of different ways.  My goal is to not spend on any extras – so that means no eating out, no entertainment, no impulse buys all month.  Yes, we do have a birthday this month – so gifts, and a dinner out will have to be planned for – but it will be planned for :).  Hopefully this will help level things out and allow us to put back some money for Christmas.

Like I said I have a whole list of projects to choose from to keep me busy that don’t require spending any money, and I can’t wait to share with you the progress.

This lovely four day Labor Day weekend we will be starting off our no-spend month by my hubby working on the car himself instead of paying someone else to do it, and hopefully cleaning out the attic!!  Wahoo!!  We will also be spending time with very dear and long time friends – can’t wait for that!!  Anyone else have some great Labor Day projects ready to go??

Linking up with these parties Kristen at We Are That FamilyKathy at Cornerstone Confessions

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  1. I am inspired by your goal, Denise! The back to school purchases have me feeling a little sick to my stomach, I think I need to try the No Spend September also!! (We too have a birthday this month……and we always seems to be eating out around sports….). I'm fired up to pull the purse strings a little tighter!!

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