No Spend Month Challenge {Wrap Up}

It was day 29 of our family’s third annual No Spend Month Challenge, and I had used up all but $2 of our $38/week grocery budget. “I wan’ some B-nana.” pleaded my 2-year-old, adding in a “Pleeease Mama,” to make it extra convincing....
Saving with a Purpose

Saving with a Purpose

It’s easy to get caught up in tips on the all the money saving tips and trying to DIY absolutely everything, but I never want this mission for a frugal life to turn into misled miserliness. Quite the opposite. Living frugally, like many other aspects of simple...

No Spend Month Challenge {Week 2}

No Spend Month is flying by! It’s already half way done, and really life isn’t much different than usual. In previous years this has been much harder. You can read about our experiences in 2012 and 2013. I’m not sure if I fully expressed the squirmy...

How to Reduce Financial Stress in 2014

When Angela of The Laundry Moms asked me to write an encouraging guest post for moms, I knew just what I would write about. If you’re sick of stressing out over your finances, I hope that this post will be both an encouragement to you as well as a practical...

No Spend Month Challenge {Week 1}

It’s funny for us to look back and see how much easier No Spend Month has gotten over the years. We’ve joked that every month is like No Spend Month at our house these days, so this shouldn’t be too hard. We are going a little more extreme this...

The No Spend Month Challenge

In the past I have called the No Spend Month Challenge “an experiment in frugal living.” For the past two years we’ve asked the question, “Can we live on less?” It’s been sort of a game to see what it’s like to tighten the...

No Spend Month 2013 {Wrap Up}

What We Spent In the last week of No Spend Month we spent $68.07 on groceries and $33.20 on our CSA share. Dining cost us $7.16. We spent $37.39 on gas. That’s a total of $145.82 for the week. So I know what you really want to know is did we stay within our...

No Spend Month {Week #3 Update}

What We Spent We are just finishing up week #3 of No Spend Month. This week we spent $98.08 on groceries and $33.20 on our box of produce from our CSA. Dining out cost us $6.94. We also bought $34.97 worth of gas. We spent $124 on annual fees.  That’s a total of...

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...

No Spend Month {Wrap Up}

January is No Spend Month at our house this year. We are doing it to bring our current spending more in line with our new one-income status and as a detox after the consumer-centric holiday season.  Of course, buying less stuff will help us be more green and more...

No Spend Month {Week Four}

January is No Spend Month at our house this year. We are doing it to bring our current spending more in line with our new one-income status and as a detox after the consumer-centric holiday season.  Of course, buying less stuff will help us be more green and more...

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