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Prepping for No Spend February, car update

January 29th, 2016 at 02:38 pm

February is no (low) spend month. I'm setting the budget for groceries, gas, and all other spending at $700 for the month for the four of us. I'd like to skate by at $600, but the last time we did this, we only had one son and he was 6 months old, and we managed on $400 for the month. Now we have two, and they are 6 and 7, so they need things like food. They drink milk like we own a cow, so that's why the jump from $400 to $700. We'll see how it goes. If it goes well, we might do it again later this year for the same or lower budget.

We're hoping to free up cash to put toward the mortgage. I'm getting antsy and want to see if we can pay it off THIS year instead of next, with a combination of tax refunds (if we get one...) , cash and ef savings.

I'm excited about no spend month. I've lined up a bunch of cleaning and organizing projects around the house. (Hey, cleaning is free!) Hopefully, those will improve the look and function of our house, which always makes me feel better. I'm also kind of looking forward to being home more and being able to say no to things, as in, events and this or that. Every weekend, all we do is run around to this event or that. And granted, I love having friends and a busy social life. But it'll be nice to put that on hold so I can concentrate on all the stuff that gets pushed to the side when we're busy.

Yard Sale!
The kids want to have another yard sale, since they made about $40 on their cookie stand last year. If I can purge enough of their stuff and ours, I'll consider it. Yard sales are a lot of work, but we made more than $200 last year! I could use that!

But Before We Can Start...
Of course, this is a jam packed weekend ahead of no spend month. I'm throwing my sister a birthday party. She has severe anxiety about parties and having people over, but she wants to get over that, so as a gift, she asked me to help her throw a party at her house. This is HUGE for her.

So, I'm supplying the food and booze, music, etc. (This is where it will get spendy, although I think I can skate by for under $100.)

I think the party will be great. I want her to see that her home is her sanctuary from the rest of the world, and you should be able to share that with your friends without freaking out about it. Our bffs are at our house all the time, and it's great. I like that we can all stop by each others places and chat, or have a drink or a snack, and I want my sister to have that feeling too. It's life enhancing. And cheaper than always meeting them out somewhere!

Car Update!
Also, in my last post, DH's car wouldn't start and was kaput in the garage. Well, the darn thing only needed spark plugs. Can you believe it??? Darn thing needed a tune up. Honda knows how to make a car. He's had it since 1997, and all we've ever had to do to it was tires, oil changes and now spark plugs. The darn thing will never die.

7 Responses to “Prepping for No Spend February, car update”

  1. laura Says:


    My older daughter drives my parents' old Honda (a 1997, the year she was born) which was previously owned by my brother and his ex-wife. The car has been in the family. Now my third child hopes that everyone will upgrade and the car will be
    "his" when he is 16. Love you story about the car!! Smile

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    Our friends have been telling us it's junk and wondering why we haven't gotten rid of it for 14 years. They used to joke our kids would learn to drive in it (before we had kids). Now, they're starting to think it might actually happen!

  3. alice4now Says:

    A low-spend February, you say? That would make budget super simple... that is something for me to think about doing.

  4. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    Sounds like a good month.

  5. snafu Says:

    If you are considering a yard sale later this year, your might join many of us working on 'Sparks Joy' or he earlier book, 'the life changing magic of tidying up.' The categories are posted on dozen of sites and there are pages of discussion that explains the process.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Good news about your DHs car! I miss my 97 Honda sometimes ... it was a good car.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    We have two 2007 Honda's...no major issues. Hope to keep at least though 2022, when oldest daughter finishes college.

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