After an expensive December that included some anticipated and unanticipated expenses, Chris & I decided to commit to a month of zero spending. Well, actually it’s 33 days of zero spending, but who’s counting? I was inspired by the 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge on Living Well Spending Less.
On Sunday, I took inventory of our pantry, sat down with the local grocery store flyers, and planned out our meals for the month of January. I’m a self-admitted food hoarder and usually keep a pretty well-stocked pantry and deep freezer (and fridge freezer and fridge). Unfortunately, it had been a while since I hit the meat sale jackpot (hello, “manager’s specials” that keep perfectly fine in my sub-zero deep freezer) so the majority of my grocery list was meat, and meat can be expensive. Between stocking up on household supplies and buying meat & produce, I spent $250 on Sunday. Keep in mind, that is an entire month’s worth of food and supplies. (And if I’m being truthful, it’s probably closer to a month and a half’s worth. However, this will be the first month, probably in this history of mine & Chris’s relationship, that we haven’t eaten out. I needed to be prepared.)
Alright, it’s day two. I know. Only day two. No eating out. No buying stuff. Resisting my child’s pleas to visit the snack machine at the gym. I decided to look around the house and finish some unfinished projects as a way to avoid spending money. Why spend money when you’ve already spent it on stuff you haven’t gotten around to doing?
As I was looking around our office/craft room, I saw my old Kit Cat clock on the wall. The poor guy just hangs there, still and purposeless. In the past, excess dust has stopped him from twitching his tail. I figured I’d give it a go. Fix Mr. Kit Cat. Thankfully, the manufacture has some fantastic tutorials on repairing their clocks. Within five minutes, I had him going! Yay! But he was missing a part, which turned him into drunk Kit Cat (very apropos for New Year’s Eve).
I discovered he was missing a part - a J clip that costs $1.50, which includes shipping. I couldn’t fix him because I couldn’t spend ONE DOLLAR AND FIFTY CENTS. Damn you, austerity. But then I remembered - I had a very old gift card in my car that was worth $2.29. Eh? Would it work? Some sites want to put a $5 hold to charge anything. It was worth a try, and HARK! It worked! I repaired Mr Kit Cat, ordered a new part, and didn’t spend any money! Huzzah!
I realize it’s only day two, but I consider that a win. Drunk Kit Cat agrees.