Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Spend free September : Week one
I will admit I have wanted to go to the shops for various things... BUT I have kept away which I am sure makes the temptation a lot less. Working helps as I have less time for the temptation.
My lovely friend Mel is also doing a No Spend September and I really enjoyed her post yesterday about her first week and the temptations she's faced. She's doing so well too!
The challenge for this week will be coming up with an awesome present for my parent's 45th wedding anniversary without spending.
One area we still need to do a LOT of work is our food budget. We need to make a meal plan and stick to it. It is really hard to shop and cook for various food allergies so I am going make that our focus for October. One step at a time.
And in case you want an easy birthday present for a teenager (or younger or older) this is what I came up with in a hurry on Friday for the unexpected party
Take one popcorn container (6 for $2 at the bargain shop). Add one bag of lollies ($2 at the supermarket). A bag of microwave popcorn ($1.30) and a movie voucher (whatever nomination you choose). Wrap it in cellophane. Viola!
Apparently her friend said it was perfect. I'm doing these for all the cousins birthdays and popping a few in the cupboard for other 'unexpected' invites in future spend-free months (shh... dont tell the kids!)