Looking Forward to No Spend Month

Goodbye restaurant meals, I’ll be cooking at home.

Yesterday I realized I had forgotten to mention a television interview that I did. The producer called and invited me to talk about No Spend Month, and he said bring the family with you!

Well my husband, sure, but not my two-year-old daughter? “Bring her,” he said, “we love kids.”

Would she run around on set like a crazy person? Maybe I could convince her to sit quietly with her juice box. Either way, she came too, and she definitely entertained us.

Being on the set was exciting. The newscasters and production crew cracked jokes and used funny voices during the commercial breaks. There were television monitors everywhere. And it was live.

No Spend Month starts on Wednesday. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, trying to figure out how we’ll make it. I’ve experimented with recipes in the kitchen to see if I can cook some of the gluten-free convenience foods that we normally buy. Some have turned out well, and some were huge flops.

The food will definitely be our biggest challenge. What I’m looking forward to is having more time. Shopping takes a lot of time, especially when you conscientiously try to compare quality and prices.

It’s been so great to see other people want to join in, and some have already gotten started. If you decide you want to try it, please don’t feel like you have to keep to the same budget that I do. Make it your own to fit what your family needs the most.

About this time each year I wonder why I picked a month with 31 days? Seriously, February would have been a smarter choice. But the idea first occurred to me at the end of June, and I decided to start it right away at the first of the month. And so it goes.

Are you planning to spend less in July? Let me know about it!
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  1. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and never picked up that you are local to me. Great segment and your daughter is a darling.

  2. I don’t know that we’ll do a no spend month in July, with all of the fresh produce that we are trying to put up. I think a winter month might be more feasible for us.

    Your interview was so cute. What a lovely to family.

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  3. I was thinking of you yesterday and looking forward to hearing about your July No Spend. Your interview was priceless (sorry, had to use that word!!). Little Lane is super cute.

  4. I did a No Spend Week this week. I’m not sure my family would survive a month! lol. I’m afriad the rebound in August could be brutal. Do you experience a rebound after you No Spend Month? If so, how do you deal with it?

    Congrats on the interview.

    MoneyFunk´s last blog post..5 Ways to Stretch a Food Budget

    • The month is usually long enough that it actually changes our habits. We don’t really want to go out and spend a lot of money when it’s over, surprisingly.

  5. I think you are quite brave for attempting this! I actually started trying to spend less last week. We are trying to save money and my BF and I usually eat out at least 3 if not 4 meals a weekend and this weekend we ate in for everything!

    I am excited to see how much we are able to save. :)

    Meghan´s last blog post..And now my birthday is over…

  6. We’re finishing up No-Spend in June, but we’re going to do it again in July! We did a higher budget than you normally do, and we’re going to restock a few things the middle of this week for July (and get haircuts!), but overall, we didn’t find it too hard, and we have loved watching our checking account stay nearly the same from the start to the end of June! Great way to boost up the savings account and eat through some of the pantry/fridge/freezer items that might have gone bad otherwise.

    Sally Parrott Ashbrook´s last blog post..Deliciously Stale Bread (& a BLT Salad)

  7. for sure i’ll be spending less in july. i already put myself back on my allowance for last week. we are still working on just living on one income to prepare more for the baby’s arrival, so an allowance seemed like the best way to go. it’s hard sometimes, but like the hubs keeps telling me….soon we’ll have a baby we’ll have to provide for. that definitely keeps things in perpective!!
    good luck in july! :)

  8. Well done! You are adorable and I love your husband’s accent!

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  9. Congratulations! I won’t be joining you this year– there’s just too much going on right now in the game of life, but I’m definitely considering a month this fall. Maybe October? We’ll see. Good luck!

    Also, Lane is the cutest thing ever!

    liz´s last blog post..an open letter to my cats

  10. Great interview! I’d love to do this but I think we’ll have to wait until winter (maybe January, a great way to start the year!) This month we’re going on vacation, so it would be impossible, unless we didn’t count the money that we spend on vacation (we already have that money set aside in our savings)… hmm… I’ll have to talk to hubby about this, you’ve really got me thinking about it!

    Donna S´s last blog post..Menu Plan Monday – June 28-July 5

  11. Okay, Rachel. I’m in. I’ve been on the fence on whether or not to participate, but as it turns out this July will be our, um, leanest month since we started our own business last fall. Basically, we have to join you this year!

    Question – do we have to go by your rules/parameters? Can we change the dollar amount for our own families/circumstances?

    Thanks for hosting, motivating, and inspiring us.

    Megan at Simple Kids´s last blog post..Honoring the Power and Pleasure of Tea with Your Family

  12. sorry for the unnecessary italics. Obviously, html is not my friend today.

    Megan at Simple Kids´s last blog post..Honoring the Power and Pleasure of Tea with Your Family

  13. What a great interview, and you definitely have my admiration for the way you kept your focus with your daughter there! She is super cute!


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  14. I’m doing a spending hiatus for the rest of the year! :)

    LobotoME´s last blog post..{ brain mosh }

  15. You’re near me too! That was so neat to see! You are so brave and you and the whole family did a great job. You inspired me to really consider this.

    Angie´s last blog post..Pushing Myself ~ 100 Push Ups

  16. I shared the link to your blog on my fb account. Hope you get a lttle traffic from it. Loved your interview!!

  17. Oh my gosh. You are my hero. Truly. I said so on my blog…I started a “no spend month” on the first of June. Did it for three weeks, and then stopped. This past week has been all about spending, too. Yikes. I think I was not quite prepared for it, but my ultimate goal was to pay for a lake house in cash for my family. I successfully completed that goal in three weeks. I will try this again, with another money goal in mind, and perhaps use February…I may be able to do 28 days! I’m excited to follow your month! The interview was great…love your ideas for $1.00, $5.00…

    Sharon´s last blog post..Oh no! Billy Mays too?

  18. Count me it! We did this back in November and loved the challenge of it! Good luck to you and your family!

    Simplelivin’´s last blog post..June 28th Spending

  19. The video was priceless!! So much fun. I am thinking September or October will be my month. I am going to be following your adventure this July. You’re such an old pro though!

    mrs. e´s last blog post..Control Alt Delete

  20. I’m going to work on spending less this month. But plan a “no spend” month later on as I have a planned vacation during July. I have done “no spend” periods before, focusing on certain areas. I did a “6 month fast” (or no spending) on clothes….didn’t spend a dime, even on panty hose. It was great! Looking forward to doing it again!

  21. Slackerjo says:

    I would be curious to know what stuff (if any) has been stock piled for no spend month?

  22. So glad you had a link that you could share with us for your interview. It was really cool to see the family behind your blog.

    This summer, we’re doing a no-spend on clothes for the entire season. I honestly thought that it would be a challenge, but now I’m realizing how simple it is to get by with the things we already have. I’m thinking of continuing it when we get back to Germany. Now I’m really tempted to make this next month a no-spend month, too. Hmm!

    Katie at makingthishome.com´s last blog post..Reusing Yankee Candle Jars

  23. We did/are doing no spend month this month (June) for the first time and it has been great. It has helped us to communicate more about money and refocus on the simple things. Only one more day left in the month and we still have $20 left! Maybe next year we will adjust our budget downward a little to make it more of a challenge.

    Thanks for inspiring us and posting the interview! It was great. Good luck in July.

  24. I caught the original! Good luck…hope it goes well for you. I must ask is there really a Chuy’s in the D/FW area??? We just moved here from Indiana, but spent 12 years in Austin. I’m not sure I could swing a whole month of not spending. Perhaps a week?? It’s something that is constantly in the back of my mind!

    Marianna´s last blog post..Summer

    • The photo is the one in Barton Springs, but there are a few Chuy’s here too. The other Mexican restaurant I really like is Los Cucos in Plano.

  25. First… your daughter was too sweet! “hey, that’s you Daddy!”

    Last year I did no fast food for the month with you… maybe I should do that again! :) Thanks for the reminder! Great idea. (Plus it will help with my diet too!)

    Dana @ Letters to Elijah´s last blog post..For the Birds

  26. Rachel! Your family is so unbelievably charming in the video.

    We have too much company to participate this July, but we’ll be cheering you on from TN.

    Meredith from Merchant Ships´s last blog post..Pantry Step Stools

  27. Ahahaha! That interview was awesome, i’m watching it on mute because i’m at work and your daughters little flappy hands were making me laugh, lol. She’s absolutely adorable, and you guys looked so cool and collected on live tv! Well done. :D

    Good luck on no-spend month! Looking forward to hearing how it goes. :)

  28. Great interview!
    We’ll be joining in this one too as far as we can ( getting married this month so will exclude those unavoidable costs, not many ) otherwise yep we’re with you!!!


    Maxine´s last blog post..Handmade wedding goodies

  29. We’re starting our no spend month along with you!
    It will definitely keep me motivated to do it while you are.
    I’m looking forward to it.

  30. Loved your interview! Lane was adorable! It was great to see you getting some good coverage and I still love your blog!

  31. Lane is a doll. I think she’s a natural in front of the camera. I’ll be following along with you in July. I think I have my family convinced of a no spend week ~ start small and take baby steps, right?

    Nancy´s last blog post..Do You Know the Changes I’ve Seen?

  32. Good Luck! Go you! I have been reading about this concept, No Spend Month, and so badly want to do it. I am starting out with the spending less idea and integrating it into my life. I think summer is a perfect time. Simple, free things to do include tidying up my yard, sipping wine on the deck with my husband, walking the dog, taking photos. I am looking forward to a spending-less July! Good Luck to all!

  33. Rachel, your daughter is sooo cute. I love the interview.

    Thank you for your encouragement. My Prince Charming and I will join you for a “No-spend-month”. Let’s keep the fingers crossed that we will be able to manage as well as you guys do.

    Will come back over the next 4 weeks for some tips.

    Nimmi´s last blog post..No-spend-month – count us in

  34. Ha! I love this. I too, like Roxie, didn’t realize that you are local. I saw your first post about this and saw all of the landmarks. Good luck to you. We are traveling in July so no no-spend month for us this month. We are talking about it a bit and maybe in August!

  35. Hello!
    I just discovered your blog through Keeper of the Home yesterday and saw this challenge! We are on the road to getting debt free, so I thought our family would join in! I also invited my readers to also!
    I can’t wait to read more on your blog-looks like the same kind of stuff I’m into!

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  36. I love reading your blog–but I absolutely loved watching your family in action–obviously Lane was the real diamond of the show. But I’ve been reading your blog for about a year, I think last summer was when I picked up on what you are doing here. You had just ended your last no spend month and I thought –what a neat idea. Now, I think I can convince my husband to try this and just see where it goes. It’s a challenge and I am really looking forward to trying. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Feliciity says:

    I think you mentioned about being Gluten free before, but I hadn’t picked up on it. I am Gluten and Diary free and since getting married my husband and I are making more of an effort to save and limit our spending. One of the hardest things is specialty flours are so expense, but I have a great Bread recipe that cuts well and doesn’t go flakey. If you can have Geletine I will hunt the recipe out and send it to you. I live in Australia so we might have different products.

  38. My husband and I just finished our “no spend month” in June. We saved $340!! I really applied stacking coupons onto grocery store sales, making homemade yogurt for our smoothies, making homemade bread and pizza dough, sticking to my dinner menu plan and not driving around so much just to get out of the house.

    Thank you so much for inspiring us!

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  39. Lane was super cute in that video! I’m pretty inspired, would love to take on the challenge in the future! Thanks for your great ideas and example!

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