I just added up all the little purchases from January that were unnecessary, plus a few things I don't anticipate needing this month like cough syrup. Granted treats aren't bad. Little one time use tooth brushes aren't off limits. It is totally okay to buy a coffee from McDonald's now and again. BUT $73.46 could also buy a lot of food for dinners or a few nice meals out.
This month I really want to strategically navigate all of my purchases. A few things that I figure will save $73.46 are to not purchase coffee away from home, with one exception. I have a free coffee card for McDonald's and I only need to buy one more coffee to get the free one. I will buy one coffee this month and get one free coffee. After that I intend to not have a single coffee away from home. It will be a huge stretch but I'd also like to not buy any more coffee grounds. I have tea that I really like and although I struggle with a serious coffee addiction once my current grounds run out this month I can drink tea... maybe.That will save a few dollars.
I should also bake more. If I bring a cookie to work with me I have no excuse to spend 79 cents on a candy bar, not that I need either but I know me. If I don't have one I will acquire the other. A homemade cookie or brownie defiantly costs less that 79 cents.
I must refrain from all the random little things; lip balm, lotion, stuff I just don't NEED. At least for February and in an attempt to save $73.46 I can do that.
Even though I've been majorly struggling with my cloth diapers (I cannot seem to get the dryer sheet incident(s) residue off of the dang things) I have yet to buy a diaper this year. I figure if I can at least use cloth diapers 68 times this month then I won't have to buy any disposables this month (with what we have left). I already made a check list to motivate myself to accomplish this little feat. Four cloth diapers used today, check.
Last, I didn't spend a ton on lunches last month but I'd like to try and not spend anything while I'm working. If I bring lunch/ food to work with me I should be able to save a bit more.
I'm going to carry this little reminder with me every day. We'll see how well that works.
I've already told myself that I will purchase a few "luxury" items this month. I'm going to buy a wall hang organizer from my sister in law who sells thirty-one items. I am planning to purchase a few more board books for my son. And Hubby and I both desperately need new socks. Maybe with these purchases I've already spent the $73.46 I'm trying to save but it will be an interesting challenge attempting to cut back even more.
Average daily spending for February: $0
NO SPEND numero 7 is in the books.