So how did day two go for everyone? Mine went pretty well. The only thing that we spent money on was to go out for dinner. With tip, we spent $31.41.
I was a little disappointed with the restaurant. We tried a new place and the food was ok. But for me to spend $30 on a dinner, I want the food to be better then ok and I want to have some left overs (portion size was rather small). One thing I did learn, if you are going to limit yourself to how many times you eat out, make each time worth it. Go to places you love. I know that sounds boring, but I would rather get my money’s worth for that one special meal, then to feel disappointed and ripped off. Maybe save the new places for when you go out of town? Honestly if you have lived in the area for more then a couple years, you know what you like and what you don’t. So keeping it simple maybe the best way to go when trying to save money.
Now for day three of The No Spend Challenge. Today is focusing a little more on cleaning up and making sense of what you have left. The challenge suggests cleaning out your fridge, freezer, and pantry. To touch each and every item. Throw away what is old or spoiled and then organize and make an inventory of what you have left. This will help you when it is time to go food shopping. It will save you money by not buying things you already have. Which will also save you time from having to remember to rotate through the old first to avoid more waste.
In away I feel like today’s challenge could very well go hand in hand with anyone who has a “eating better/weight loss” resolution. This is a great time to get rid of any undesirable foods that you may have lingering around from the holidays. It’s a good time to start to learn the importance of reading nutrition labels and looking at expiration dates. My philosophy is, “if you don’t have it in the house, you can’t eat it”. And to go hand in hand with that, if you shouldn’t eat it, then don’t buy it. It’s a win-win. No bad foods going into your mouth and no money being spent on those foods!
I really try to keep unhealthy foods out of our house. (Being vegan and an athlete, I am very picky about what I put in my body. I really urge people to educate themselves. For their health, the animals, and for the environment.) If you want to look at the really big picture; if you eat healthier, you can build a stronger and healthier body, which in the long run will save you even more money by staying out of the doctor’s office!
One other thing that people can do, to clean out their pantries and not feel like they are wasting food is to, donate nonperishables to your local area food banks. I know that we are supposed to strive to go through and eat everything we can, but I know from personal experience; even if you have the best of intentions, there are some foods you are just not going to want to eat. So if they haven’t expired and you don’t want to waste them, donate them!
Good luck to everyone out there on day 3! Remember, no negative self talk! We all started this together, so lets finish it together proud and strong!