No Spend Challenge: Week 3

Days of Completion: 21
Days Remaining: 10
Amount Saved: $ ?

This week has been a full one. Over the weekend, the weather was beautiful. We took our pups to the park on Friday, I had an event for work on Saturday, and we enjoyed being outside on Sunday riding our bikes on the Greenway. Since Wednesday, I have been at the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference in Franklin learning lots, meeting fantastic people, and having a wonderful time.

We made two exceptions this week. One for a Groupon to yoga classes which I have been wanting to go to. I think personal health is important and was an exception worth making. The other was for a purchase at the conference’s live auction to support the organization (and get an amazing deal on local attractions—we can start making a dent in our Nashville bucket list!).

The food in the freezer and pantry were really getting bare, so I made a trip to the grocery store to get a few staples  in order to make complete meals. Just like my dad did throughout my childhood, I have been waking up and making breakfast on Sunday mornings.  This weekend we had homemade biscuits, eggs, bacon and sausage on my great grandmother’s Blue Willow china. I can handle breakfast, but I need to learn how to properly plan meals. Are there any great resources you would recommend?

I love that friends reading the blog have been holding us accountable. With others that we tell we are not spending, we often encounter a look of confusion and “Why?!“. Obviously, I do not expect everyone to want to do something so drastic. I assure you, there has been no lack of temptation, so drastic measures and a clear, achievable goal make it easier for us to stick to our guns. As much as our society promotes consumer spending and debt, it is valuable to take a step back and re-evaluate your true needs and financial goals in whatever way works for you.  Only 10 more days, and of course I’ll let you know how it goes! Have a great weekend.


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