I was inspired last night when reading about Eileen’s no-spend week. She’s starting this Friday and I was considering joining in. I decided to sleep on it. I woke and thought – why wait! Lets start now.
We’ve had a busy few days and only four days into our fortnightly budget cycle we had spent ALL our grocery budget and all our ‘miscellaneous’ money. We’re trying hard to stick to a budget so starting today made sense. Daddy Eco agreed - so we’ve started…with no last minute spending or pantry stocking. We're going to aim for just over a week, not spending a cent until Thursday 1st April.
The only exceptions are for things we're already committed to (e.g bills, our weekly vege boxes, and a gold coin for a talk tomorrow night). I also won’t sacrifice a balanced diet – but I think the only thing we may have to break the pledge for is fruit.
So today I prepared. Little Eco and I raided our neglected vege garden and potted herbs. I also started a couple of batches of sprouts to supplement the salad greens we will get in our vege boxes. I prepared a meal plan for the week and I’m pretty certain we can last the ten days. It's actually a pretty yummy meal plan – but obviously totally devoid of any convenience food so I’m certain I’ll be spending a fair bit of time in the kitchen over the next 10 days.
Tonight’s dinner was Eggplant Pizza with homemade pesto. Restricted to what was already in my pantry I had to make the pesto with almonds and macadamia nuts instead of pine nuts and I had to use cheddar cheese instead of parmesan – but it still tasted delicious.
Anyone else tried to go a week or more without spending? Any hints? I suspect one of the first things we are going to run out of is toilet paper…It shall be an interesting 10 days.
Want to join in? Head on over to Consumption Rebellion.