Spending Strike: Day 1

It's here: The first day of our 31-day spending strike!

If you're just catching up, read this post first for the details. I re-read the first portion of The Spending Strike yesterday to make sure that I had prepared similarly to Sarah's initial strike, and found more clarity on setting a goal and rules for the month.

My goal is: Eliminate unnecessary spending on convenience items, dining out, entertainment, and shopping sprees. Transform our mindset from a 'disposable spending', to one of conscious, thoughtful spending. 

The rules are:
1. I won't purchase convenience items, eat out, pay for entertainment, or any other items or services outside of our regular bills. I'll share each day of my spending strike with you, even if it's only a paragraph or two. Hopefully you will hold me accountable and give us support throughout this challenge. 

2. I will allot myself 2 tanks of gas for my car, and John will do the same for his truck.

3. I went grocery shopping and bought a 'normal' amount of groceries, which will last me for 31 days. I will make efforts to cook from the pantry and deep freezer. Because we are a couple with no children, this will be a bit easier. It's common for us to not have milk in the fridge for a week or two, and when we run out of fresh fruits and veggies, I will eat my home canned or frozen garden produce. 

4. We'll pay all of our bills, as scheduled. 

5. In efforts to bring you diverse content, Michelle and I will offer you some guest posts from others who have achieved a certain level of financial success. Even if they are doing something different than a spending strike, we want you to learn about a variety of strategies so you can build a better financial future. 

So, the million dollar question: Did I spend anything today? I really had no intentions of leaving the house today. It's a holiday, and I have no errands to run. My fridge is full since I went grocery shopping yesterday, so I basically started off the day like any other, although I slept in a bit. There were no temptations today, thankfully.

Here are the numbers -

Money Spent Today: $0
Running Total: $0
Money We Didn't Spend: $0 {holiday}


  1. I wish I had known about this sooner! I would have loved to have given it a try as well.
    I know one blogger who does a December spending freeze. Doing it in January makes much more sense.

    1. Marsha, you can still join in on the strike! It doesn't matter that you're a few days behind! And, the best part is that you can set your own rules.


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