No-Spend January

I’m going to try to join Carla over at 1/2 Dozen Daily in a no spend January.  The rules (adapted from Carla’s) are:

1.  Track purchases. Write down every single penny we spend!
2.  Start a “sealed pot challenge”.  Any coins we find go into the pot and it doesn’t get opened until December 3, 2012.
3.  Menu plan & shop from a list. We will need some fresh produce and dairy, but the rest will come from the pantry and freezers.
4.  Find free & cheap activities to have fun
5.  Focus on simplicity, organizing, & donating/tossing.
6.  Medicines/medical care doesn’t count.
7.  If we must fix or replace the refrigerator it does not count against us – it just must happen 😦

Here’s what we have on hand to play with:

  • Regal Cinema giftcard – $25.00
  • Amazon giftcard – $25.00 + $11.08 previous balance
  • American Express giftcard – $50.00
  • Starbuck’s giftcard – $25.00
  • 2 certificates from Essence of China – $25.00 with minimum purchase of $35.00
  • 1 free birthday coffee from Starbuck’s
  • 1 free birthday burger from Red Robin
  • Yeah! – I found another $25.00 giftcard for red lobster/olive garden

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