The Frugalista's No-Buy-Month: The Remix.

by Katy on January 27, 2009 · 8 comments


Natalie McNeal

Has your new year’s resolution grown stale already? Then maybe it’s time to join the one and only Frugalista, Natalie McNeal’s  February No-Buy-Month Challenge.

Natalie McNeal, the frugal and fabulous blogger for The Miami Herald ventured out on a low spending experiment last February, and will be reupping her committment with a few new twists.

In her words:

Greetings, Frugalistas! Well, it’s coming up on my  blog anniversary and I’m returning to how I started.Yep, that’s right. In February, I will do another no buy month. I’m not getting my hair or nails done. No eating out. No car washes. I’m not buying anything other than necessities like groceries and gas. No, I’m not spending money to socialize either. I did this last year and saved $400. This year, though, I want to add a little twist. I am going to burn calories too. Miami was recently named the fattest city in the United States by Men’s Health magazine. I’ve done my part to contribute to the chubbification of Miami. 🙁  But, during the no-buy month,  I vow to work out at least four times a week. Yay!


Natalie has even started a Facebook group which she titled,  No Buy Month: The Remix. 

I’ve joined up, although I won’t be working out four times a week, because, well, I don’t exactly live in a warm climate like Miami! (Portland’s freezing cold rains don’t tempt much outdoor activity.) But February’s short little days mesh well with a buy-nothing challenge.

And not to rub it in, but Portland was ranked the fifth fittest city in the U.S. 

I think I can do it.

Can you?

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

The Frugalista Files January 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Yippee! Thanks for joining in. And Portland residents are already sexy and fit!


Marianne January 28, 2009 at 5:39 am

yesterday was my first real challenge of the compact as i had to pick up medication at walmart. when i got there at 1.45pm they were closed for lunch for another 15 minutes. FIFTEEN MINUTES IN WALMART TO KILL. could have been a recipe for disaster. but i withheld any urges to buy because i didnt need anything. i just window shopped, picked up my meds and left. maybe for february we can work on indoor cold weather excercises. (im in new england where its snowing 10 inches right now!) soup can curls, pick up the laundry off the floor lunges, sexathons!


Kristen@The Frugal Girl January 28, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I don’t know that I can do a no-spend month(there are 4 birthdays in our family in February!), but I will certainly keep trucking on with my low-spend lifestyle.


Jan January 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Since I’m unemployed, I am sure this will be a no brainer for me. I only wish I had done this a few times last year!


blackgirlinmaine January 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I’m in, thanks to my hubby taking a huge paycut, the only way the bills are getting paid is if I give up the extras.


Wendy January 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm

This is a great way to kick off the New Year! So, count me in. From what I can see, we can survive without buying anything beyond groceries.


indiecalista April 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm

hi all !
i’m jhody from indonesia… in my country it’s quite easy to livin without money, because there are so many little thing that we don’t have to buy…


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