31 Day No Spending Challenge Week 2


Week 2

Week 2


The concept behind this post is from Ruth at Living Well Spending Less. Please visit her blog for the details!

Well, week 2 ends today.  It’s been an interesting week.  Unfortunately, my husband had one of his favorite residents pass away at their assisted living facility.  We went to the funeral on Saturday.  He was genuinely upset when she passed on.  From what he’s told me and from what I learned at the funeral she was one heck of a lady and although I didn’t know her, she very much seemed like someone I would have liked to meet.  Her family, well, they were awesome.  He had to help clean out her room and the family told Rob to take something so he would remember her.  He declined, but they insisted they were giving everything away and really wanted him to have a memoir from her.  After clearing it with his supervisors…well, they gave us a 42 inch flat screen tv.  Since a new tv is something we have been threatening to buy ourselves for Christmas for several years, it was certainly a blessing in this house, and we’re both very grateful to have it!

We had an unplanned $80.00 show up.  That was awesome.  However, I have not budgeted for my husband to have ANY spending money in over a year.  NONE.  So, I told him to take the money (because he earned it at work…long story) and to use it how he wished.  (He likely won’t be THAT lucky in the future!!  Muahawwaahahaaaa!!!!) Yes, I broke the no spend rule.  Whoops.  Well, I’m a grown woman and I can DO WHAT I WANT!  I mean…We’ll try harder this week.

Rob quite responsibly used some of it at Goodwill to buy some new scrub bottoms to match his required uniform.  I think that has him just about finished off with uniforms.  He also has clothes that fit now since he is one of those people who just drop weight.  Jerk.

Rob also took a bit of the money and spoiled me with a movie.  We haven’t been to a movie (that I recall) since The Hobbit part 1 came out in theaters.  Needless to say, it was nice to get out of the house a bit, and Divergent was a pretty darn good movie.  We enjoyed it!

I stuck to our $25.00 grocery budget for 2 weeks.  It would seem though that the hubby is out of razors, so I am going to get to get a few for him this weekend.  GRRRRR.  On a bright note, his paycheck was significantly more than I estimated, possibly because it is a 3 week month and they only withdraw health insurance twice a month?  I’m not sure, but it looks like, for the first time in a LONG time, we have ALL of our bills getting paid AND we’re going to be able to transfer money into savings this paycheck.  WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

We’re both still smoking.  I’ve decided to get my exercise bike cleaned off again so that I can spend less time on my hiney, well, unless I am pedaling my bike.  I think we’ll start rationing down for the big Memorial Day weekend quit date.  It should cut our smoking in half, so while we won’t reach a goal we wanted financially by the end of the month, we will be working towards better health overall.

I’ve also been letting my coupons pile up.  EEK!  I really need to spend some time on Sunday getting them clipped and tidied back up!  Saturday is already booked though!  It’s the REAL sewing class for this quilt top:

Quilt Crazy Quilt Binding

My colors are going to be A LOT more neutral.  I am hoping it turns out like I want it to because I intend on it being a gift later in the year!  I’m excited…and suddenly reminded that the purple camo project is still on my machine with the needle down.  I guess I will be finishing that off tomorrow!

Has anyone else met any financial goals for the month?

If you want to read about Week 1 click here!


Author: Jill Stewart

I am a 37 -year-old woman from Arkansas who is happily married to a Scottish immigrant aka “the hubby” “the hubs” or if I am calling him directly “YO YOU!” We’ve been married for 3 years and it’s been a crazy ride, and unfortunately our finances have been beat to death in the last few years. We have two dogs and a cat, no kids. The Blog- What’ll you find: Financial Information as we try to become debt free My attempts at working and trying to maintain a home to the standards I like My adventures in learning how to sew Arts and craft projects Funny tidbits from my life including living with a Scottish person, the dogs, and other oddball things that happen to me. What you won’t find: Much on children. I don’t have kids and I can’t have kids. Recipes- I don’t mind cooking, but unless it’s something really special, don’t come here looking for the weekly recipe! You won’t find it- unless you ask my husband. If you’re interested in what you see, please follow me on Facebook or sign up for emails! Most of all, leave a comment or ask a question! I am always happy to hear from you!

6 thoughts on “31 Day No Spending Challenge Week 2

  1. You don’t know about the Dollar Shave Club?? https://www.dollarshaveclub.com/

    Also, I could never do what Robbie does. I get attached to people too easily, and would be heart broken every time one of them passes on. I took care of my grandfather when I was 12. He was pretty much a vegetable, so I had to help with everything. Not something a kid should have to do. He passed away the night of my junior prom, so my senior year was pretty normal. I just can’t bring myself to do that again, so if Sean and I get old(er) and one of us needs that kind of care… well, I just hope it doesn’t happen.

  2. I couldn’t do what he does either. It takes someone with the perfect temperment to do that job, and it’s not me! He has a gift for it and he’s really happy at it!

  3. So sad that the hubby lost a beloved patient. That was extremely nice of her family… wow! It looks like you are making really big strides financially that is so flipping cool!

    • We’re getting there slowly but surely. We haven’t had an entire no spend week yet, but it’s going A LOT better than I thought it would. Since this weekend is a 3 day weekend, I am going to really push to see what we can save this week.

  4. Being nosy! I love your blog. Keep up the good work.

    • Haha! You are welcome to be nosey. It’s not like it”s a secret since it’s kinda on the internet! Hahaha! I haven’t taken the new quilting square photos yet, but I will!

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