Here is a recap from last year's post...
If you've been reading here long, you know that at least twice a year, I attempt a Month-of-Nothing. In fact, it is actually part of my 101 in 1001 goals. I'm at about 50% half the time I do a great job, the other half...not-so-much.
After the "spending" of November (I am a big fan of Black Friday) and December, it's time to have a "Fiscal Fast" for January.
Want to join me?
Leave a comment, so I can be an encouragement.
Fiscal Fast requires you to not only stop shopping, but mainly, use what you have for 31 days.
Here's the "rules"
– For 31 days, Don't buy anything . If it isn’t food or medicine, you don’t buy it. And as far as food goes, we make our food budget (for the 3 of us) $100 or less. For the MONTH ($25 a week)
Go through the freezer, use up the cans of veggies, the dried pasta and the non-perishables that are collecting dust and doomed to expire. You can still spend money on fresh fruits and veggies, but ONLY if they are needed to complete a recipe with existing foods that you find in the cupboard. Food this month is focused on using up, not creating magazine worthy meals but that’s OK- it’s just a month and you’re using up those random cans and boxes you would have wasted otherwise.
We also greatly reduce our auto fuel budget during the month-of-nothing, so we reduce trips and combine trip. Honestly, most of my "excess" driving is to go to the grocery just because I'm "bored" and like wandering the grocery store! And knowing that we live "OUT" it is too many extra miles!
– For 31 days, you should declutter, donate and reuse.
Instead of going out to shop, focus on making space in your life. Donate what you don’t use, fix what you can, or pitch it. Go through your closets and shelves..
– For 31 days, you should make do with whatever you have in the house.
Use up those travels soaps and shampoos that are sitting around. What can you bake from scratch? Use the stuff you received for Christmas instead of saving it for "good".
– For 31 days, you will focus on finishing those annoying unfinished projects.
Your half finished scrapbook will finally get done. That empty recipe book should finally get filled. Fill up the free time you’d normally spend on shopping, spending money out or entertaining yourself with things that need to get DONE. (and that's a whole 'nother goal list and chart :) )
– Before A "Month-of-Nothing" do NOT Stockpile.
As much as it seems like you should stock up to "get ready" to go a month without shopping, don't. You are going 31 days without shopping in order to make do with what you have, reduce waste, make it last or, alas- go without.