So… weeks three and four. Let’s just say that No Spend month has been a very revealing project for me.
The month did not really go as I planned, but we still spent a lot less than we would have otherwise.
We spent $257.85 on groceries these last two weeks. Add to that a tank of gas ($46.02), the pumpkin patch outing ($60) and favor’s for H’s birthday party ($14.44) and we spent $378.31 in two weeks.
Total spending this month so far: $624.62
My original budget was $335. So we blew it by $289.62.
I’m really bummed that I couldn’t manage to stick to our original budget. I don’t know whether I just set the bar too high for us, or I just… lacked the self-control.
Besides going over out budget though, I have one major disappointment: I didn’t save anything.
Because last month, our spending was so out of control, that all this no spending has done was allow us to catch up. While we did blow the budget out of the water, we still spent about $700 less than we do in a typical month. Because of No Spend Month, we’ve gotten well caught up and in a great place to rebuild that savings account and for the holidays.
Overall, the project was a success. Next time I think I’ll set more realistic goals. In the mean time, we’ve hit the reset button on spending, so that next time we attempt a no spend month, we can really sock that money away.
Did you attempt no spend month? Have you saved anything?