We made it, friends! Can you believe it? Is it just me or did January seem particularly long? Between lassoing our budget and dreaming of sunny beaches, the days definitely dragged a bit for our family.
But it feels good to wrap up this month with some reflection and lessons learned! Here’s another reminder of our family’s #New Year No Spend goals…
- Back to Budget Basics
- Meal Plan
- Communicate about Finances
And now (drum roll please), for the results…
BACK TO BUDGET BASICS
- I took my advice from Nike on this one: Just Do It. It’s not pleasant at the time, and “adulting” can seriously suck the big one, but when you Just Do It, managing money the rest of the month is way less stressful. We didn’t do it perfectly, but having a plan that we were COMMITTED TO gave us more freedom and peace in the end.
- The first part of our month was strong. Meal plans were solid, groceries were purchased and the budget adhered to. As the month marched on, however, the “food budget” dwindled and I was left scrambling to make meals with whatever was left. I am terrible at this. I would rather spend money than be creative in the kitchen when we are ravenous and grouchy and desperate for something to fill our bellies. On the bright side, I put on my big girl panties and did this a couple of times and was seriously proud of myself. Also, in full disclosure, we went “over” our allotted food budget BUT spent far less than we have in previous months. This is a win in my book.
COMMUNICATE ABOUT FINANCES
This one can be broken down very simply: It is easy to communicate when there are no financial surprises. It is excruciating when you have to navigate unexpected costs and tough money decisions. We experienced both. And overall, continual communication makes everything a bit easier in the end.
I am so thankful that we embarked upon this #New Year No Spend challenge! If anything, it got us back on track and forced us to pay more attention to our spending. It taught us to include GRACE in our budget and to be more diligent about saying no to impulse purchases.
We have been more financially united this January than we’ve been in a long time, and that has been such a blessing.
I have also learned that life would be SO MUCH SIMPLER if we didn’t have to eat. AMIRIGHT?!.
I hope that my brutal honesty didn’t scare you off from trying your own No Spend Month!
I highly recommend you create your own No Spend Challenge and let me know how it goes! I would love your tips!
Thanks for following along and a special shout out to our blogging community…
Brittany over at Little Mountain Momma
Fifi over at Fifi & Florence
Emily over at The Dependent Life