An impossible task???

One of the tasks on my 101 list is to go one month without making a non-essential purchase.  I included this task for several reasons…

  1. I wanted to save some extra money (which is another task on my list)
  2. I wanted to examine my spending habits…which have been feeling a little out of control lately
  3. I wanted to actually use up some of the things in the house before bringing more things in…especially in the craft room

I’ve decided that March is the perfect month to undertake this task and today is day 1!  The plan is to spend money on things that are absolutely necessary to my survival…like food and gas for the car…or things that are going to enrich my life in some way…like going to a museum or a ticket to see The Hunger Games and getting a mani/pedi.  I won’t be visiting a craft store, The Christmas Tree Shop, Home Goods or Target for the entire month.  I also will not be taking a taxi from the train to the office…a very expensive habit that is very unnecessary. 

I can see some challenges coming up…but I’m determined to make it through.  Wish me luck!  And if anyone’s done this before…I’m open to any tips you used to get yourself through.


  1. I sort of tried to do this in January b/c I felt like I’d just spent way too much money over Christmas. I bought a couple pairs of shoes on Dec 30th online and they came at the beginning of January so that helped a little bit (because I got them in Jan but didn’t actually buy them in Jan). I think I was mostly successful. I know I didn’t spend any money on clothes and I tried to only buy craft stuff that I needed for my Etsy store. Still hard though. Good luck.

  2. Good luck! I’m sure you can do it. I’ll be looking forward to your recap at the end of the month…I’d love to try this too, but I want to see how hard it is;)

  3. I did this for Lent last year, and with a few minor exceptions, I didn’t find it as difficult as I was expecting. And it actually did help reconstruct my spending habits.
    And I am so glad that you consider the Hunger Games to be an essential part of life! You could not be more right.
    Good luck!

  4. You can do it! Keep us posted :) Good luck!

  5. This is a great idea!

    Wait, does beer on St. Patty’s day count as essential? I kind of think it does.

  6. I love this idea. I have been contemplating the same for a while now. After all the spending for the wedding and what not I feel like I’ve been on a debt roller coaster. Not to mention we have plans for trips this year and that’s way more important to me than the latest fashion trends that I don’t truly NEED.

    Keep us posted on how it goes. Now that Mike and I are trying to do as much local shopping as possible, it’s become easier for me to not be drawn to everything at Target minus the paper goods and food sections. 😉

  7. Good luck to you, moma! These are some awesome goals and I should really take heed of this myself… My savings are depleting and I have NO idea where my money goes. But I am signing up for any Lifebooker/Groupon/Living Social deal that appeals to me so that may have something to do with it :)

    I just started reading Hunger Games–I have heard so many good things!

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