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Eliminate items you shouldn't have bought

Extreme NoSpend

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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Welcome once again to visitors from Budgets Are Sexy! And thanks to J Monee to posting my story


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Unless otherwise indicated you can't spend any expected income.
- Salary
- Wages
- Rent owed
- Established court settlements
- Alimony


If you have any bills, you can pay them.
- Credit card purchases from previous months
- Medical prescriptions
- Mortgage/rent
- Utilities
- Cell phone


NO spending of already existing money in your possession
- Cash on hand
- Gift cards

The only exception to this is spare change


NO stockpiling
- You can't buy gas on the day before it starts unless you need it.
- No loading up on extra food. If you're low on milk that's ok, but you can't buy a dozen frozen dinners


If you have any thing owed to you, you can call it in
- Owed lunches/dinners
- Money
- Take someone to court
- Stuff that was borrowed


You can sell get money by getting rid of things in your home
- Selling on Craigslist/eBay
- Returning things to Home Depot/Lowes (easy to find for any home owner)
- Unused gift cards


You can spend money that is refunded to you in that month
- Credit card cash back checks/ gift cards
- Medical reimbursement


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
- Food
- Toiletries
- Fuel (if you are a big commuter, consider this to be a utility)


You can barter
- Make dinner for someone with your own food, get someone to take you out for dinner
- Help someone out with a chore, get food or something else (not money) in return
- Sell anything you receive by doing chores for others
- Sell anything that was borrowed and then returned to you
- Sell anything for profit that you buy that month with eligible money


In the end you can potentially.
- Reduce excess crap in your pantry
- Eliminate items you shouldn't have bought
- Get evened out on things that people owe you
- Get in better shape from walking instead of driving
- Hang out with friends more
- Lose weight by eating more frugally (saving and eating leftovers)
- Eat healthier by cooking your own food
- Best of all, next month you'll have a lower credit card bill


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Cash: $86.75 (+$51.5)

Day 21: Feeling So-so

I finally cashed a medical reimbursement check today. I don't know what my deal is but definitely goes to show that I am not good at using what I've got. I think that the check came last Thursday but why I couldn't put it in the bank until today is beyond me. It was such a non event for me that it threw me when I was counting up my money for this post. I was freaking out trying to sort out where this $30 came from. I checked all my teeth and they were still there, I've not received any cash in Christmas cards and there's been no citing of stray dough lying around. I think part of what made this awkward is that I've been making purchase that require a card. I ordered some presents online and I paid to ship some presents today. Also there's been a couple of situations where I've deposited checks at the ATM and couldn't get the exact amount out of the machine. In return I've just taken the money out of my pocket and stuck it out of the way. It's very hard to do this way. It would be very easy to accidentally spend some of this encumbered money.

Lunch was on my own because John had planned on going with me but had car trouble. The evening was filled with selling pies, shipping out presents, folding laundry, a visit from Melissa (with peppermint loaf), and watching shows online. This is the point where it starts getting hard. I'm in a mind set of 'you can't do anything' and it can really get you down. It gets to be exhausting to be creative with food, entertainment and presents. I just want to go online and order a bunch of stuff, pick up gift cards, order carry out. I can, but I can't. Lunch was tough. I sat in the restaurant waiting and trying to decide if I should let myself eat out when the whole point of the meal was to talk to John. Like November, December has a holiday and time with my family. As far as not spending goes it's helpful but it's even more helpful to my state of mind. Thanksgiving and Christmas both hit me at about the difficult '70% done' hump. Some might say it's cheating, but if you think about it, think of all that I need to spend on gas and presents. Getting a worry free meals out of it is reasonable. And I it's not like my family wouldn't feed me on a regular month should I go visit. I don't mean to be a downer, I promise I'm ok but I just want to share what it's really like to go through all this.

P.S. I'll tell you about the interview tomorrow.


Acquired: $75, interview, peppermint loaf
Consumed: $23.50, lunch, 5 pies, presents shipped

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