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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Day 5: Let it Flow (x3)
I have had a lot of questions about not spending lately. Most of them can be answered with the general rules but one thing that I just thought about was what can I do with Christmas presents? It seems reasonable that I could consider anything received in the same classification as the bartering items. Most everyone I get gifts from will get something back from me. The only exception is checks or gifts from extended family. Since sometimes that comes in the form of money, can I spend it? Good question (I thought to myself). The answer: I can spend any money received from people that I don't plan on sending presents to as soon as I put a thankyou card in the mail. Perhaps I will make it even more legit by sending along a jar of jalapeno jelly. Those things are becoming alternate currency around my house!
For the day I spend most of my time helping Leigh out installing a new sink. It went relatively easily as far as sinks go. There were a couple of things that I found to return to Home Depot again. Since I needed to get some things for the sink I used the gift cards to pay for the parts. Since Leigh was going to pay me back for them it was like turning lead gift cards into gold! woo. Crummy part was that somehow the gift card I got the other day only had $7.01... gah! I guess the important thing is that the sink worked out fine. For dinner I had squash calzone thanks to Patrick and Kim. Good trade for yesterday's soup! For dessert, my infamous peanut butter milkshake.
InventoryAcquired: $13.09@Home Depot, squash calzone leftovers
Consumed: Home depot parts, Some Home Depot credit, sandwich, squash calzone
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