A few days into no-spend February and already encountered a few challenges. Most stemming from the fact that I did not consult my husband before joining this challenge. Ooops!
He’s been supportive, but a little annoyed that I won’t go out to eat with him. The other night he offered to take me out to dinner — his treat — but I decided that would be against the spirit of the challenge.
For context, we keep the bulk of our finances separate, except for recurring bills and a budgeted amount for savings, groceries and “incidentals” (ie - going out). Occasionally, one of us treats the other, but most nights out come from that joint budget.
The other major challenge: He told his friends that we’d host a Super Bowl party. This was a few days before the challenge started, but all of the spending would fall in those first few days of February and DEFINITELY would not be essential.
We stuck to a very set menu using things we already mostly had on hand – ground beef and chicken wings in the freezer — but did have to make a Costco run for other supplies. Our shopping list was only five items and we didn’t deviate, even though we were very tempted by giant boxes of frozen gyoza and mini tacos. We didn’t overbuy, so we don’t have a ton of leftovers that will ultimately go to waste.