My pics are posting rather oddly, but anyway I do have winners. Ashley and JR911 I will be contacting you via email. You have 48 hours to respond or a new winner (s) will be chosen. Thank you to all who entered!
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My wheels are turning again on yet more ways to save money. Between wanting to save and use less gas, I am going to make an effort to have more no spend days each month. My personal definition of a no spend day is not using any cash, debit, or credit cards. This doesn’t mean I can’t go out at all. However, I would be limited to the gas in the car since I won’t be spending money on gas if it is a no spend day. This means more than likely I will stay home.
I suppose the real question is, how often can I have a no spend day. During the school year, I can do this five days a week. I fill up my tank on Sundays and do not spend again until I go grocery shopping either Friday evening or Saturday morning. I pack a lunch. I either go to my second job after teaching or I go straight home.
The summer is another story. Being off all summer, one feels couped up staying home all day, every day. I can go for a walk but after that, not much else can be done (we are temporarily in an apartment which is another post for another day) if I don’t want to go and spend money somewhere to keep myself and family entertained.
I am going to challenge myself to have at least two no spend days a week in the summer months. If I can find a frugal hobby to keep me busy (in addition to the blog), it would be a huge help. I am not crafty, so if anyone has any suggestions, I would be grateful.
Is anyone else taking on the challenge of having no spend days due to rising prices (gas and otherwise)?
It is our vacation week from school. My husband and I were debating whether or not to go on a road trip for the day tomorrow. We want to go to Freeport, Maine (LL Bean headquarters) which is about a 2 1/2 hour trip each way. The debate has been whether or not it is worth the trip given the rising price of gas. There is also the factor of paying down debt and saving more. We have the money, but this is 80-100 (including a meal) dollars we could save by staying home.
So of course, being frugal and a worrywart when it comes to finances, I felt guilty about going. One side of me says go. I work two jobs and also spend a great deal of time working on the blog. I really need to get out other than when I run errands. The other side of me says save the gas money (and lunch or dinner out) and stay home.
What was the final decision? I am happy to say we are going. Yes, it is smart to save money. However, if all one does is save and pay down debt and never enjoys themselves, what is the point? What really matters is the bills are all paid on time and there is a realistic percentage of our money going toward debt and savings.
I might even splurge on a lobster:)