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Take the No Spend Month Challenge

Last January our family took a No Spend Month Challenge. We drastically reduced our spending for one month. After all the spending and consumption of the holiday season, January seemed to be the ideal time of year to do an experiment in frugal living. Being careful about what we spend is important to us to be able to maintain a lifestyle. It is not an extravagant one by any means. Just the opposite, we want to afford for me to stay home with our little boy. We want to be able to afford nutritious food. We want to be able to spend quality time together doing the things we love instead of feeling stressed about the bills we have to pay. We are still learning and always trying to improve, so we’re going to do No Spend Month again.

This year you are invited to join us in taking the No Spend Month Challenge starting January 1, 2013. Have you already gone into debt buying Christmas gifts? Would you love to be a stay at home mom but don’t think you can afford it? Have you resolved to get back on budget in 2013? If so, then this challenge is for you!

Pink Piggy Bank Caption: Take the No Spend Month Challenge January 2013 Create a Budget, Save Money, and discover something even more valuable!

What is No Spend Month?

At this point you’re probably asking yourself, so I really can’t spend anything? The answer is no, or maybe. No spend month is an experiment in frugal living. You set your own rules. Try and think of what would truly challenge you to change your spending habits. If an entire month is too overwhelming, try it for a week. You could just give up coffee or eating out. If you’re really adventurous you could challenge yourself to spend absolutely nothing this month. Whatever you decide to do, it is sure to have great results for you and your family!During No Spend Month I’ll post:

  • How to make a budget, and stick to it.
  • Money saving tips
  • Frugal Recipe Ideas
  • and of course a giveaway!

How to Take the challenge

  • Commit to spending less this month.
  • Sign the form below.
  • Subscribe to Growing by email so you don’t miss a No Spend Month post.
  • Connect with other people taking the challenge on the GrowingSlower facebook page. Keep yourself accountable, share tips, and encourage one another.
  • Bloggers, grab the button and put it on your sidebar, or write about your experience.

Let’s do No Spend Month together!

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  1. Great idea! I think January is the perfect time to assess finances! We are not spending too much on Christmas but it is always good to make plans with your finances.

  2. This is a great idea! We have drastically reduced our spending over the last couple years – I’m not sure there’s much else we can cut out, but it’s definitely something to think about!

  3. This looks like a really good idea. I know that I will have to start changing a few things so this looks like a great start.

  4. I will be joining you. I have done this 3 times this year so far, so count me in.

  5. This is a great idea! i love the idea of creating a community here for mutual support. We have been steadily reducing our spending, which was already fairly under control to begin with, and are definitely not going into debt for holiday expenses. Unfortunately I’ve just been put on bedrest so we will mostly be starting to buy a lot more convenience items as most everything I do to run the household and take care of our little one is falling on my husband’s shoulders now.

  6. Hubby and I were talking about this last night. He will not have any work for 3 weeks in January but we surely have plenty of everything around here to last for way more than one month. We will buy fresh produce and milk though.

  7. This sounds like a great idea, Shannon! We’ll be celebrating our 15th anniversary in January, so we may be spending a little bit on a celebration. :)

    Thank you so much for linking up at Artful Tuesdays!

  8. This sounds like a great idea! I just found out my pay will be changing at work, starting in January and this will be super helpful!

  9. Hi Shannon! Love this idea and January does seem to be the perfect month for it. I just pinned this so I can come back to it :))

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!


  10. Sign me UP!!!! Ha ha ha!!!! I am here to participate!!!!!!!!!

    • I love the enthusiasm! I’m almost looking forward to No Spend Month knowing I won’t be alone in this!

  11. I’m starting January 7, I need to go shopping. I haven’t forgotten.


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