Today begins September which also means my challenge for the whole month begins today.
I wrote about it previously here but here’s the run down again:
I’m going to try to run my house on a total $500 for the entire month. The mortgage and bills, Aaron’s gas and his lunch money are not included but this is what is:
Groceries for the month
Fun activities I want to do or do with the kids
Clothes, shoes, hair cuts
All my gas
I already know that gas is going to be tricky, so I’m going to have to get better organized about when I go out and what I get done when I am out. I need a hair cut, so there goes $15 right off the bat, and it’s time to get groceries. I’m starting the month with about half a tank of gas, one option for meat in the freezer and a batch of salsa I made this morning from my garden. I’ve got some grains that I can stretch, but it’s going to get interesting real soon.
I’m allowing myself to get resourceful if needed – so I can schedule photo shoots in the month as well as sell items on criagslist if extra money is needed – and I already sold a couple things and am hoarding my winning money in case of emergency.
My challenge is going to be coming up with free entertainment and not eating out. Oh and not spending so much stupid money. I think I can do it. Can you?