Owlhaven is doing an amazing challenge that I am really excited about doing. It is the 30 days of NOTHING challenge. The rules state that you are to find ways to spend less in the month of September. You make the rules apply to your family the way you see fit. My reasons for wanting to do this challenge is to save money for our October vacation, teach my children how to live a more frugal lifestyle, and work on the sense of entitlement that we all have. I have seen too many entitlement issues in my children and, on closer inspection, in myself as well. My family had a family meeting and everyone has agreed to take the challenge for this month. Here is what we plan on doing:
- Only spending money on out-of-home classes (swimming lessons and ballet), groceries, and gas.
- If emergencies come up or things break, we will determine if we really need to replace or repair the item. If at all possible, we will get along without.
- The entire amount of the children's allowance will be saved for vacation.
- I am going to try to keep groceries to $100 dollars a week.
- We will pay the $5 registration fee for our Homeschool International Night and $5 for any more supplies that we need to get our display ready.
- We will take the minivan to Jiffy Lube for an oil and fluids change.
- We will pay for everything with cash.
- No amazon.com order of books this month. (We often take advantage of the free shipping on a $25 order.)
- No extra school supplies (except for International Night) or books from anywhere! (Yes, that exclamation mark is meant for me.)
- No thrift store shopping.
- NO EATING OUT ~ NOT EVEN A SODA OR BAG OF TARGET POPCORN! (My kids are less than enthusiastic about this one. LOL)
- No family activities out that cost money ~ no State Fair this year.
Well, here we go. I will keep you updated on our progress. If you want to see more great people taking the challenge, go to Owlhaven.