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My February Challenge

January 31st, 2008 at 02:04 am

My challenge to myself for February is a minimal-spend month. All the bills will get paid, of course, and I'll eat and buy gasoline to get to work as usual, and if I run out of household supplies like paper towels or light bulbs, I will replace them, and if I or the furkids needs any medical attention, that will be taken care of. Also, February is Valentines Day and I'll buy my sweetie a valentine and some chocolate, but that's to be the limit of my discretionary spending. No books or DVDs or clothing or tools or gadgets or garden supplies or new supplements at the health food store or restaurant meals (though grabbing a salad or sandwich at the convenience store when I forget to bring my lunch, as I occasionally do, is allowed), and (as usual) no going out to the movies or other entertainment (though I'm not cancelling the Netflix account). I'm also hoping that it will be a low pet-bill month, too--I *think* I have enough food in stock to keep Henry the Hungry Hound fed for the month, though the cats are almost out of food. Without these additional expenditures, I'm hoping to bring the monthly total in under $2000, which would be a real achievement (haven't done it since August 2006). If successful, that will compensate for January's extra expenses and allow me to make progress towards my savings goal for the year.

3 Responses to “My February Challenge”

  1. scfr Says:

    How would your sweetie feel if you waited until chocolates go on clearance at 1/2-price or less the day after Valentine's Day? My DH will sometimes buy me a box of fancy chocolates at a clearance sale, and I don't mind one bit that it's not presented on THE DAY ... Now I admit this is not for everyone, but if your honey doesn't mind then why not save the money?

  2. Dido Says:

    This is in fact the plan! I have a big work deadline of Feb 15, so we're getting together for Valentine's on the 16th, giving us time to take advantage of the sales.

    Lucky me, my sweetie is even more frugal than I am!

  3. HelpMeFriend Says:

    That is so great that you have a plan on what you want to cut back on this month. Of course you take the "fun money" away, but think about the fun you will have when it is saved, gains intrest, and you can spend it willy nilly.

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