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February No Spend: Needs

February 18th, 2016 at 08:34 am

I've spent some money. On needs. I picked up highlighters and a pencil sharpener for my daughter last night at Staples (who I feel is overpriced). Outflow was $5.34.

Today I went to Walmart and picked up pencil lead for my daughter, all purpose flour to make pizza, and shaving cream for my husband. Outflow was $7.28.

Now I suppose I could nitpick a bit and suggest my husband could use soap for shaving for the rest of the month, or that my daughter could use the one color of highlighter, or even I could make half a batch of pizza dough. But that isn't exactly the point. To go extreme. The point is to make conscious choices.

I was able to browse in both stores, but felt no real to desire to buy anything than I went in for. It is much more satisfying to leave knowing you only went in for needs and survived doing it!

I also have to admit I have a few things on a list, that probably could be considered needs, that I will probably purchase in March. Two of those are a new trashcan for my daughter's bathroom (it's cracked on two sides), and curtain rods for at least two bedrooms (we currently don't have any here, but can install if we remove and repair before we move).

Another free thing to do during a no spend month: delete old emails and computer files!

P.S. We received our tax refund of $359 today from the IRS. We're going to set that aside in savings.

3 Responses to “February No Spend: Needs”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    The big office stores do seem expensive for basic items, but sometimes I can find items there that are hard to find elsewhere, so they do draw me in

  2. mjrube94 Says:

    I always end up leaving Staples with more than I went in for. It takes a lot of discipline for me to stick to a list in there! Speaking of which, I have $5 in rewards that expire at the end of the month. Hmmm.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Good job going in and getting out with just what you went for. Smile

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