If it's not NEEDED, it's not getting purchased.
- Food from the grocery store
- The regular monthly bills
- If we have a gift card, we can use it. Ex: The kids still have a couple of $5 McDonald gift cards. If they are dying by the middle of the month, we can go to McDonald's, but can't spend more than what's on the card.
- We can't stock up in anticipation. If we are out of it & need it, we can buy it now, but no more than exactly what we need.
- If something unexpected arises, we can discuss it. For example, there seem to be lots of Spring birthdays. If Big Sis is invited to a party, we will talk about gift options and how we can budget/ spend appropriately. (hello coupons!)
- We can't blow our savings at the end with a celebratory "I bought this/ we had a big meal out because the April experiment is finally over!".
I'm actually excited about this. We've talked about it as a family, and discussed why we think it's a good idea. Since everyone is involved, it makes me feel like we've got a good chance for success. I don't expect that we will save a bucket of money, but I believe it will make us all more thoughtful about what we need vs. what we want. Let the savings begin!