December 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm #516351espinay2Member
Don’t think I will manage no spend, but I am certainly aiming to confine myself as much as possible to ‘essentials only’ for the next month! I have 2 weeks holiday so that is actually good – I will be at home mostly and nowhere to spend money here! :laugh: I do have to go into town today to buy food (ours, dogs, cats, chickens etc). Only other things on the agenda for the next few weeks are a trip tomorrow to pick up some new chickens and a trip into town next week to have the car serviced (well overdue). As we are in town we will ‘splurge’ on a movie – a rare event for us and a holiday treat. Keeping well away from the sales though!!!!December 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm #516352
I am kind of having fun working out fun ways of not spending money… I am thinking of making a vision board, lots of pictures that I see before bed to remind me why I want to save money… There as to be a reason otherwise I get distracted. The big ones are paying of the house and car loan quicker, smaller ones are the interest free loan, buy a chest freezer a few other small purchases I would like to make with cash.December 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm #516353fruitfulMember
Great idea Kristy, I’ll be in on this one, I consider school fees etc to be part of bills anyway so we really don’t have anything else to spend on in January. It helps that I’m not working til the end of that month too. :pinch: Oh and I have two days to make any “can’t do without” purchases if I need to! hehehehe
My vision board is sitting in my backyard, it’s a greenhouse, well the frame work for one anyway, saving for the shade cloth will be my goal for January.December 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm #516354
Great to have you onboard fruitful 🙂 I think my interest free loan will be my goal this month and then I am going to try and continue into February for a chest freezer. I want to make food for my dogs and cats, and food for me to freeze, but my small freezer on top of the fridge in full…December 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm #516355maestroandmeMember
Just an idea – Check out your local LETS community for bartering.
If anyone has details for the bundaberg group I would love them. Both numbers and email has bounced back.
Also try joining freecycle in your area. great way to obtain and give away things you no longer require. Boy I’m really thinking outside the box with this challenge. :tup:December 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm #516356gremmblesMember
A list of LETS groups in Australia can be found at
If you click on the group it should give you details about joining. I love my LETS groups. The idea that I can buy and sell without using money is wonderful.
Information on how LETS works can be found on the homepage. http://www.ces.org.zaDecember 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm #516357mossyMember
I’m in for January too! I really need to save money for books. I’m not giving up my weekly yoga class though, everything else is getting the flick :laugh:December 29, 2011 at 12:41 am #516358HowellMember
I’m new here! But I’m in 🙂 in fact we’re trialling it for 12 months!!
This is the blog about it…
I think it’s such a great idea, good on you all 🙂December 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm #516359Queen MabMember
I’ll be in it!
(Hope it’s ok to just jump in here, I’ve not been around ALS for an age – was just told by the friendly forum screen that my last log in here was 2009!!)
I am actually undertaking an entire year of “buy nothing new” – where thrifted & second hand is fine, but buying nothing at all for a month will be a good launching point for the year I think… will make the rest seem a breeze?!December 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm #516360
Queen Mab, yep jump right in! Great to have you onboard. I am hoping this month will be a good launch for me to stop buying things as well for the rest of the year or at least reduce my spending. I am also thinking I need to look in thrift shops, secondhand first before buying new. That’s a great idea 🙂December 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm #516361bluezbanditMember
Howell: I will be following your blog with interest as I am doing the same thing.
Good luck with it,
DebJanuary 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm #516362
How is everyone’s start to the No Spend Jan going?
I am going really well even though I did spend on Monday for a couple things, but since then nothing, but fuel 🙂
Also just made a bird feeder and waterer for free after thinking about this challenge and how I could get more birds for free 🙂January 5, 2012 at 12:32 am #516363bluezbanditMember
all good here only food and petrolJanuary 5, 2012 at 11:23 am #516364FozzieMember
I’m going well. I’ve window shopped at a few of the department stores during lunch breaks, been seriously tempted to spend, but haven’t done. Aside from buying some avocados and a bag of baby spinach, I haven’t spent any other money at the supermarket and I’m not planning to do so for this week at least.
New goal is to only buy fruit, veg (and perhaps the odd chocolate bar) and milk. I have plenty of food in the pantry and freezer, so I certainly won’t starve and the freezer could do with a big clean out!January 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm #516365VanessaMember
Kristy, in terms of your vision board (which is a really good idea) how much “stuff” do you have?? You know the things that you buy because they are such a good bargain, or will come in handy one day, (or what ever other reason sounded good at the time) then just end up sitting around taking up space. Gather all this “stuff” into a pile (or a room) take a picture then put it all back where it belongs, use the picture to think about what you really “need” to spend money on.
I’ve done this not out of choice but out of moving a couple of times and realising how much “stuff” I have accumulated and needing to find homes for it. Having 2 bedrooms full of boxes of “stuff” that has taken the last 2 years to cut down to fit into one bedroom (DP agreed that I could have 1 “junk room” in the new house, not the whole house LOL) has really made me think about what comes into the house, and what is worth spending money on.
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