I feel like the only “true” NSM I had was my very first one.
Many, a few random things popped up, spends wise but overall I was quite impressed. By November 3rd, I realized I was out of contacts and needed to update my eye exam. Not a great start, but again I always expect things to pop up.
I also ended up getting my daughter her first “real” haircut aka not from mom.
Her hair felt much better brushing that I realized, I really wanted to cut my split ends as well. However, I did manage to save way more then expected on my grocery bill. My goal was at least $100 and I saved almost $300.
That I was honestly proud of because I made a more conscious effort to prep meals for work and bring snacks for the kiddos after I teach.
We sometimes would get things from the vending machine or cafe at work. While it’s a dollar or two here and there, it can add up to over $20 or more.
I focused on buying less single serving things and just buying more in “bulk” to divide them into containers. This is something I used to do all the time, so not sure why I stopped.
I also stopped relying on using Instacart so much. I even saved on the nursery and worked out a few times at my house instead of going to the gym with them.The point of this no spend month was to avoid unnecessary spending and to really budget within what I NEED vs. what I WANT.
By the end of the month, I wanted to reduced my spending in these areas:
- Coffee Runs: $40
- Candles: $25
- Gym Nursery Fees: $60
- Ordering Food For Work: $50 – $60
- Groceries: $600
Here’s what they came out to for my “NoSpendVember:”
- Coffee Runs: $26 (-$14)
- Candles: $10 (-$15)
- Gym Nursery Fees: $25 (-$35)
- Ordering Food For Work: $0
- Groceries: $335 (-$265!!!)
- Contacts + Eye Exam: $80
- Haircuts: $60
- Dine Outs: $30
- Gas to NYC: $45
- Christmas Mugs: $5
Total OVERALL Saved: $169
So why do I do the “no spend month” in November?
To have “extra” money for Christmas. While I do save money aside for Christmas in general, it’s nice to feel like I didn’t spend too much when I do the “no spend” month.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.
Remember to take things one day at a time.
If you missed my other no spend months check these two out: