Happy New Year! Today is a busy one at the DB&DT house. I’m taking down all the Christmas decorations (since I won’t have another chance to do so for weeks) and we’re starting a few of the projects I have planned for 2015. But it’s also the beginning of my choice to have a “No Spend January” as part of my desire to pay off debts and better balance our financial standings.
What is “No Spend January”? It’s actually pretty simple, I will only be purchasing or spending for those items that are necessary – groceries, gas, regular monthly bills. So that means no trips to the thrift store, Target or through the clothing department unless it’s for a necessary item, which isn’t likely. Luckily I got a few gift cards for Christmas – one for $40 at Target and another for $40 at Pier 1, plus I won a second $35 Target gift card in a local contest. So I have a bit of a reserve I can utilize if I just need to go browsing. The hubs and I also got a $100 gift card to Home Depot for Christmas so that provides for any supplies I might need to work on projects in the mean time. The hubs also received a $40 gift card to Lowes for Christmas, but he’s not participating in my no spend project and I’ve told him those dollars are for him to use finishing his egg table.
Since I won’t be shopping, I won’t be bringing in any new projects which will allow me to focus on those that I’ve already purchased supplies for, but not yet completed. That list includes:
- Installing shelves above the desk in the office/studio
- Installing a cabinet in the laundry room
- A bench for the foot of our bed
- Candlestick pedestals for décor
- Crate & Barrel Knock-off hurricane candlesticks
- Applying felt to the legs of our barstools and dining room chairs
- Organizing my fabric stash
- Finishing the guest room closet install
- Labeling my laundry supplies
- Revamping several thrift store finds
- Making a sign with a “Together” vinyl I’ve had for years
- Prepping the items for a gallery wall I’m planning around the family room TV
- Creating a photo collage from a large old window I brought back on our road trip last year
It’s a pretty hefty list, but I’m excited to see all those projects accomplished and removed from my to-do list. Doing it all without spending any more money is the cherry on top! So stay tuned to see how it all turns out over the coming weeks! And if you’d like to join me on this adventure share your journey as well!