Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Week Three of No Spend Month: The Epic Fail

Oh, you guys.  We failed SO HARD this week on no spend month.  We were doing really well until Saturday.  We went to the Farmers market and picked up just a few things.  We just managed to resist going to breakfast at our favorite breakfast place (which just so happens to be located a block away from the market).  It was tough, but we succeeded in passing it up.  Then we had to go to Costco.  Dun dun DUUUUN!  We are aware of the temptation that lies in Costco.  It is fairly impossible to leave Costco without having spent at least a hundred dollars.  We needed olive oil, and Costco has the best prices on that.  We also needed a few other things, and there were coupons that expire next weekend for several items that we need to get.  We had originally planned on doing a Costco run during our NSM break (when my BFF is here) - but Coscto is really not one of the sights that I want to show her while she is here.  So I reasoned that we should just go the day before she arrives.  And then K reasoned - well, why does it matter if we go Thursday or today?  Why should we just go in for one thing and then come back in five days for the rest of it?  Would it make a difference?  Not really.  So that was fail number one.  Fail number two is even worse.

See, we have been looking for an entertainment center for several months to replace the tiny Ikea "birch-effect" one we are currently using.  But we have been having a hard time finding one that we like that isn't five hundred dollars.  Then I saw this cool idea on Pinterest that involves putting up shelves instead of having an entertainment center....we actually have some gift cards and some stuff to return, so we figured we could pick up the supplies without spending any money out of pocket.  Wrong.  Wrong and wrong.  It was all downhill from there.

So, we have basically failed no spend month.  However, we had already planned on finishing NSM after the BFF visit, so we will continue with that plan ( and just have to readjust our budget for the last week.)

Spent this week:  So Much
What we have left: I don't want to talk about it

What we ate this week:
Tuesday:  Spinach, Sweet Potato and Quinoa salad (adapted with sweet potato instead of butternut squash)
Wednesday: Spicy Lentil Dahl
Thursday:Spicy Eggplant Stirfry
Friday: Grilled Chicken and grilled vegetables
Saturday: Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo
Sunday: Stuffed Bell peppers
Monday: Out (Yep.  That happened)

I'm participating in the No Spend Month Challenge with Growing Slower

1 comment:

Colleen said...

Haha, oh no! It's okay, you Guys have still done awesome. Home improvements are an investment!