Remember how I did NoSpend November last year? Well this year I decided to try it in December. There are a couple of reasons for this shift. First of all I had a vacation planned already for November so I didn't want to skimp on it since vacations for me are so rare. The other reason is that while last November was difficult (primarily because of football season) it wasn't as big a stretch to pull off. Christmas is a big spending time and I found that instead of really saving on holiday spending, it could have been differed. So is it really no spend? Tough call. So in that spirit I modified one rule from 09. No Christmas stockpiling.
No Change November sprung as a result of things being moved to December. I can now compare it to December as well as last November. I also get a chance to see if I am able to track spending when it is happening all the time. Lets see how it all goes! Also of note, I am changing how I list acquired and consumed. If I acquired a cookie and ate it all in the same day, it will only be listed in consumed. Acquired will only be present for things that make it to the end of the day. The exception to this is cashflow.
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Unless otherwise indicated you can't spend any expected income.
If you have any bills, you can pay them.
NO spending of already existing money in your possession
The only exception to this is spare change
If you have any thing owed to you, you can call it in
You can sell get money by getting rid of things in your home
You can spend money that is refunded to you in that month
Anything that you sell or get refunded must be spent after you get the money back.
So if you submit a reimbursement for medical expenses, or sell something online, you can't spend money in anticipation of getting it. If you submit it and you don't get anything sent to you that month... tough noogies. If you find out someone owes you money, you have to wait until they hand it to you.
Gambling is allowed with any eligible money (but I don't recommend that)
You can consume anything that you already have
You can barter
In the end you can potentially.
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Day 13: Squash to Stow
Patrick got me some yogurt this weekend. He said it was a trade for some of my stuff that he's been eating so I let it go as a barter. I ate one of those for breakfast today and lunch consisted of a big mess of potluck food. I brought in the pumpkin wheat bread to eat and also a jar of jelly for the white elephant give exchange. I scored a giant christmas house/church type ornament thing for my white elephant choice. I am not sure if it is a winner gift or not. I don't have a place for it so it might just wind up in the mix next time around.
At home I decided to cook up lots of pumpkin and squash to use in the pies. I've been looking up what needs to be done to a big pumpkin as opposed to a little one. From what I can tell it just has to do with cooking the water off of it. I'll give that a whirl Tuesday. Dinner was leftover pizza and entertainment was lots of hulu.
InventoryAcquired: yogurt, Christmas decorative house thing, steamed pumpkin and squash, Christmas candy
Consumed: yogurt, potluck food, jalapeno jelly, pumpkin bread, leftover pizza, pumpkin and squash
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