Most of us are probably familiar with “No Shave November” where men intentionally don’t shave for the month of November. Sometimes, they do it for charity. Sometimes, just cause. (Course, I’ve heard that it also leads to Decembeard.) But I’ve decided to participate in “No Spend November”. Now, I decided this a little late – just today on the 4th, so it won’t be a whole month, but close enough.
What this means (for me):
- The idea, for me, is to not spend money that I don’t have to. Even if the money is budgeted.
- If I can put a purchase off until another month, I’ll do so.
- If I can make do with what’s in my pantry, I’ll do so.
- If I can use a gift card instead of spending money, I’ll do so.
What this doesn’t mean (for me):
- Impacting Jeff’s spending. The man is good with his money and my goal isn’t to reduce his spending.
- Saying no to family events that we normally do – like eating out after church on Sundays.
Really, this is motivated by the fact that October was an EXPENSIVE month for us. With having a baby and moving into a new house, we had a lot of expenses. Especially with the move. One thing just lead to another (scope creep!) I mean, you decide to paint before you move in, which means removing the wallpaper. But you don’t have a lot of time, so you hire friends and family to help you remove the wallpaper. Then you discover that the wallpaper was applied directly to the drywall (meaning the drywall had never been painted) and thus, removing the wallpaper = removing pieces of drywall. So, you hire a drywaller to get the walls back into shape.
And, then since you have everything off the walls and ceilings (because you’re painting), you might as well replace the light fixtures anyway. And you’ve discovered that your tall-but-not-gigantically-so husband can’t actually see himself in any of the bathroom mirrors. So you have to move the mirrors up on the wall. Meaning that you have to move the light fixtures up on the wall too.
And you discover that there isn’t an exhaust fan in your master bathroom. You don’t know why – the other bathrooms have them. But it basically creates a sauna in there every time you shower. And that can’t be good for the walls. Enter an electrician to install a fan.
And you’re walking through the furniture store to price carpet and see a really neat kitchen table. One that can fit a bunch of people. Or just a few. And that would fit into your kitchen. Must have! Purchased!
So, our savings account is down a little more than we anticipated. Not an emergency or anything, but I thought I’d use it as a way of motivating me to see how little I can spend this month. It’s meant not buying new mirrors just yet – instead, I’ll wait and see if that’s what I really want to do. It’s meant not buying new towels to use in the new bathroom. It’s meant looking at the freezer and pantry for meal inspirations. It’s meant not driving through the drive through for a soft shell chicken taco.
Hello No Spend November!