Can you believe it? I've hit 400 posts! Pretty cool considering in the early days I posted about once a month. To celebrate, I'm going to stop spending money. I know, you're thinking what in the H E double hockey sticks are you talking about, Carla?
If you go to Small Notebook you'll see what I'm talking about. Every July, their family of three vows to stick to a budget of $250 for the whole month. This is non essential spending we're talking about, including
- dining out
- household items
I know, some would venture to say that groceries are essential and I wouldn't disagree with you, but the point is to limit your spending. Could you save money by not eating steak three times a week? You betcha. (Sorry for channeling Sarah P)
Of course, it's July 15, so we are jumping on the savings train a little late in the game. I had thought about it at the end of June, but to be honest, I just didn't think we could do it. We're not big spenders, but I like to spend money when I want to without having to think too hard about it. But since starting Dave Ramsey's TMM plan, I've realized that I like to save money and pay off debt even more.
So, starting tomorrow we will attempt to stick to a budget of $250 for the rest of July. Hold on a second, Carla. $250?!?! That is their budget for the whole month. You're cheating.
Hey, pay attention. I said "their family of three", meaning Mom, Dad, and one kid. Dude, we've got 5 kids. Our family is over twice their size, hence twice the budget. And considering that I spend at least $250 just on groceries every two weeks, when I'm not stocking up and there is a good sale, not including the side trips for more milk and bread, I still think this will be a challenge. How's that for a run on sentence?
Good thing I went out and bought cat food last night at 11pm. Hehehe. And found 100 diapers on cheap*cycle for $10! Score!
Unfortunately, I think I only have a half a tank of gas, a half a loaf of bread, and 2 gallons of milk left. We could always peanut butter and jelly on hot dog buns right? I've got plenty of those.