6 month no spend challenge update

We are 10 days into our no spend challenge and so far we’ve done well. It was the start of school holidays when we started which can often see a blow-out in the budget with movies, takeaway and other expenses to keep the kids entertained. Instead, I was super sick and we had no option but to stay home.

To give you a reminder, the no spend challenge included:

Essentials (allowable expenses) include:
– Rent, electricity, insurance, gas, water, medical needs, basically any bill that has to be paid to provide the basics in our home for my daughters.
– Groceries that are under $150 per week total including alcohol, any cleaning supplies etc.

Non-essentials (banned expenses) include:
– Take away of any form
– Clothing (excluding sneakers for each of my daughters and uniforms if necessary. They are having a growth spurt).
– Travel outside of planned travel unless it is a paid trip
– Mobile phone. It is generally essential for me to have credit, however, I want to see how long I can go without recharging. I have wifi pretty much everywhere, mostly use Facebook messenger and rarely make calls or send texts.

Basically, if I can live without it, I will. One grey area others may disagree on is my monthly beauty salon trip I will not give up. I get one thing done and I have looked at more permanent options but I am not a candidate for them. I do my own hair, manicures, pedicures etc. So I can live with this minor monthly expense.

Recap on how we have gone

We spent the school holidays doing some cooking, crafts using fabric, old clothes we had and boxes we collected the week before the school holidays.

We have been so planned with our menu and cooking in advance I haven’t had the desire to eat out. We planned out ‘takeaway’ meal – nachos, which was easy and loved by the whole family.

We are spoilt where we live, on the top floor there is a private lounge you can book with a fireplace, big TV, lounges and lots of space. We booked it for a family Nerf fight which the kids loved!

I mended our clothes the other day while my daughters designed things they wanted to make then we got started on some of their sewing.

I have had an unexpected trip come up in September, almost everything is covered so I am still working out how to do the rest. It isn’t something I can miss.

I’ve managed to not buy more phone credit as yet which has been a learning curve. I do miss being connected at times when I am out, especially if I have to wait for something. Overall, it hasn’t been too bad though.

I have been to sick to tally up the savings so far, however at the end of the month I will give a full account of exactly how we saved and how much.

Have you done a no spend challenge or are you doing one?

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12 Comments

    • The Thrifty Issue

      It is hard when the other half is out of work. My ex-husband was out of work a few times in our marriage. Hope he find something soon.

  1. I think everyone should go on a “no spend challenge” at least once in their lifetime. It’s enlightening to learn how much you don’t actually need to live a happy and fulfilled life bringing the focus back on spending time with your nearest and dearest and finding pleasure in the little things in life that are all around us. Best of luck! 🙂

  2. Lee

    Im starting a no spend month. Not much time but being on a single parent pension there isnt much to go around to start with. It will be hard as I had to leave my marriage due to dv and left a lot of my stuff behind so starting again. Now I am hoarding a bit so hopefullly doing this will kick that habit away.

    • The Thrifty Issue

      Completely understand how hard it can be on the single parent pension. I was a single mum of two for a while for the same reason (dv) and we ended up homeless. It’s extremely difficult to start over again and super easy to start hoarding as a result. All the best for starting over!

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