In Monday’s post, I declared my wife and I were on a spending freeze. We have an activity this weekend, and we wanted all the discretionary funds in our checking account available. Therefore, the goal was to not spend any money during this week. I promised I would provide an update in today’s post, so let’s see how we did.
Did we touch our checking account? Nope, no money was spent from our checking account.
That means we didn’t spend any money, right? Not exactly….let me clarify.
The goal that started as a complete spending freeze, was redefined as a freeze from spending money from our checking account. Here’s our spending activities from the week:
- Ice Cream Treat: We had a buy one, get one free coupon to Cold Stone Creamery. That cut our bill in half, and we paid for the balance with a gift card we had previously received.
- Subway: I picked up Subway for lunch one day, also using a buy one, get one free coupon. The balance for this purchase was covered by quarters I took out of our change jar.
- Buns/Hamburger: We had enough supplies for sloppy joes for just my wife and I, but we decided to invite our neighbors over as well. For that we needed another package of buns and another pound of hamburger, which was also paid for with change from our change jar.
There were one or two other small items I picked up, also using quarters from our change jar.
So technically we failed in our spending freeze, and none of the things we did purchase were necessities. But we absolutely did reduce our spending compared to a normal week and we didn’t touch our checking account. Therefore, the ultimate goal of having all the discretionary funds in our checking account available for this weekend was achieved!
Fist pump for spending freezes, and my favorite posts of the week!
Posts That Make Me Fist Pump
- 28 Ways to Get Free Stuff Online from Debt Discipline
- 4 Things You Need To Know About Prepaying For Gas from Clever Dude
- How to Reset and Knock Out Debt Together Before The Year Wraps Up from Couple Money
- August Is Turning Out to be an Expensive Month (and why I refuse to worry about money) from The Money Principle