Spend No Money Challenge — An Update

by Katy on September 24, 2008 · 3 comments


I have a confession to make.

Instead of starting my Spend No Money Challenge this past Monday, I started prematurely on Saturday. I didn’t plan it that way. I simply didn’t make it to any stores over the weekend. I meant to stock up on groceries on Sunday, but it turns out that I actually kind of hate that errand.

So the official start date of the challenge began with just a half loaf of bread and a smallish amount of milk. 


I thought I would bake bread, and had every intention of doing so. But I worked today and traffic was bad. Real bad. So by the time I got home, (and was done oohing and ahhing over the rock wall progress in the backyard) it was time to make dinner.

Should I forgo feeding the family so I can get bread baked?

Sorry kids. There’s nothing for dinner, but look at this wonderful rising bread!

Okay. Probably not such a good idea.

I assembled a lovely dinner of whole wheat spaghetti with free-from-my-mom’s-tenants meatballs and a zucchini marinara sauce. (Shhh . . . the zucchini was a secret, chopped into an almost liquid I’m-not-really-a vegetable form.)

Here’s the thing: my husband is not exactly down with the whole spend no money thing. He was actually pretty annoyed that there were only two crusts of bread for toast this morning.

For the three of them.

In my defense, there were a few boxes of cereal. One even unopened.

In a fit of Non-Consumer defiance, he went to the grocery store and spent around $26 on bread, milk and other staples.

But it’s hard to get too huffy with a man who simply wants to serve his kids some cinnamon toast in the morning.

So yeah, I’m feeling like a bit of a fraud, but I was able to go five days before having to spend any money. And when I did, it was only for very practical foodstuffs. 

Does this mean I should go out and splurge tomorrow? 

No way.

I’m going to keep up the Spend No Money Challenge until the full week is over. There’s no reason to give up good intentions due to a minor slip up. 

Because I can’t in good conscience make my husband and kids share two crusts of bread. I guess I am just a big ol’ softy after all.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

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

P.S. Thank you to the ever generous Nadine for feeding my ongoing zucchini habit. Keep ’em coming!

P.P.S. Thank you to Lise for the cucumbers.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda September 25, 2008 at 10:20 am

Gosh, you’re lucky you got away as cheaply as you did. When my husband hits the market, he doesn’t get out for less than $50 & most of that is not staples. Soooo, I really try hard to make sure he doesn’t make that trip!


esther October 2, 2008 at 7:13 am

tha part of having a husband that’s not realy into our ‘thing” of trying to make life more “rich”, I’m living here too…hard! but a challenge too


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