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No Spend November?

November 1st, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Today, I came across an article where someone is doing a No Spend Month in November! And I see that Mrs. Frugalista is doing one also. I never thought that it would be possible to do in November. I'm not sure I can convince my husband, but it may be worth the try.

I made a credit card payment for our airline tickets that I charged last week. I had all but $200 of the cost set aside in our vacation fund. Between that purchase and the cost of my daughter's Europe trip, we earned 7500 Southwest Airline miles. I wouldn't count this as spending though for November, primarily because I did do it in October and it is essential to get home for a holiday when the money is available!

I just did our budget and basically after paying required bills, I was able allocate $1000 for spending through Nov 15. We could likely spend far less than that if we are super careful, but that amount is average for us. I also put $500 aside that will go towards paying the Europe trip. I'm going to see what else I can come up with next pay period before I make another payment.

I went grocery shopping on Sunday as usual. My parents were here visiting, so I didn't make a great menu plan and just told myself I could go back to the store later. I'm going to do my best to make it through Sunday without going to the store. I know I have soups frozen that I can thaw, and items to make pizza. We have lots of eggs to make breakfast for dinner. I believe there is rice and beans (and salsa). I think I bought some frozen burritos too. I bet we can make it! And that will help the budget quite a bit.

Do you think you could keep your spending down to just the essentials in November? Again not sure if I can, but I just might try it. I'll let you know how it goes.

5 Responses to “No Spend November?”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    November would be an easy month for us. It's short and just nothing going on. That said, I don't participate in these things. Big Grin But February is generally the best month (very short) and November would be a close second. Both are kind of cold weather months where we aren't out and about doing fun things. I generally have a lot of time off work, so save some commuting expenses too.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    No, I have birthdays (three of them!), traveling for Thanksgiving, and there will probably be some Christmas pre-spending, too.

  3. alice4now Says:

    Well, I made it through the 1st, that is better than I have been doing! I don't know the last time I didn't spend ANY money, probably before school started.

  4. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    I wish that I could, but I think it would be pretty much impossible. Black Friday is the only day that I really shop just for shopping's sake in any given year. Knowing that and the fact that we just bought our home, I know there will be some spending.

    I think what I will do though is put everything on a 3-day shopping wait period. Anything I feel like we need in the new place, I'll note it, but give it 3 days to see if I can make due with something I already have or can do without it entirely. This will also apply to Black Friday shopping since I can mark the sales in advance and revisit both 3 days before and the day of. My ultimate goal is to build the habit of analyzing whether purchases are really necessary before making them.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Nope, the upcoming Chicago trip plus going to dinner before the TSO concert ...

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