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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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Cash: $50 (+$10)

Day 8: House All Aglow

Did I eat breakfast? No actually I think I missed that, whoops. I had an early meeting followed by a dentist appointment so I didn't even notice that there was no food in me. The dentist visit was uneventful and free since my plan covers two cleanings a year. I can't remember ever getting two cleanings a year but I figured it was time to take advantage of all my benefits. On the way back I returned a busted DSL modem and arranged to pick up Aaron so we could go to Sake House for lunch. Aaron covered my meal and gave me $10 in exchange for a shirt I had at home. It wasn't the right size for me and I had waited too long to return it. Stupid of me but at least we both got a good deal out of it.

Dinner was tasty leftover soup followed by an evening of putting up Christmas lights in the below freezing cold. It wouldn't have been a big deal but I had some stuff that required better dexterity than my gloves would allow. Looks nice though so I was pretty happy with it. After the lighting I watched some shows with Anna and hit the sack. Yeah, I'm crazy like that. Oh, and since I didn't have a switch for the lights, I just threw the breaker for the outside outlets. I think that's ok.


Acquired: $10, toothbrush, floss, toothpaste
Consumed: bento box lunch, turkey soup, "ice cream" sandwich

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