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Not Spend Free November

November 15th, 2016 at 11:04 am

I'm not surprised, but November has definitely not turned out as no spend for us. We are spending within our budget as usual, but I'm not able to back off getting some things we need.

Last weekend we went shopping for some new clothes. I bought one shirt, my daughter four shirts and my husband picked up a sweater and a belt. We shopped at Kohl's and after some great coupons and discounts we paid $83. I don't think we had any items that came up to more than $20 after the discounts. We were all due for something new, especially since we are going to attempt some family pictures over Thanksgiving. I had a six year old top I could have worn, but decided I could spend a little money to be wearing something not so dated!

I've also started Christmas baking, which meant buying baking supplies at the store on Sunday when we shopped. I bought only the ingredients I needed. I will pick up the rest after Thanksgiving when I'm back at the grocery store.

I've also started Christmas shopping. Just yesterday I spent $25 at Hobby Lobby buying some items for my niece and my daughter. I also purchased a couple gift items online that should arrive tomorrow.

I'm striving for a stress free holiday and part of that involves spending in November, so I don't have to be out in the store shopping. I'm thinking ahead about stamps, cards (actually skipping this year), gift wrap, the gifts themselves, decorations (including lights), and baking. If you want to read more about Stress Less Christmas and my daily Christmas missions go to my other blog Your Organized Friend. Feel free to look at November and December archives from last year too.

So while I attempted to be low spend this time of year, it is just reality that there is spending. I'll try again in January and/or February.

Did you try no spend this month? How are you doing?

2 Responses to “Not Spend Free November”

  1. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    We didn't even bother trying given the sheer amount of things we have going on. But I really like the sound of trying it in January/February. By that time, the initial flurry of moving will be gone, and I could really focus on curbing unnecessary spending.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I'm with you...I'm spending too. Some of our local stores have been having sales on baking supplies and since I bake for both our church's bazaar as well as some of the gifts we give, I bought what I needed. I've also started Christmas shopping. DH likes Lands End shoes and they had an email offer so he picked out two pair he wanted for Christmas. Considering we haven't bought him new shoes for a couple of years, I didn't think that was bad.

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