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No Spend September: Shopping Trip 1

September 5th, 2023 at 06:02 pm

For my No Spend September, I will check in with my spend totals as the month goes on and I make purchases. In years past, No Spend September has been a great way to reset our spending habits and dig a little further out of debt.

My goals with this particular No Spend September are increased debt payoff and to slay the Amazon habit! I recently looked at how much we have been spending on Amazon and wowie was I surprised! And I am not talking about pre-planned expenses or even necessary unexpected expenses. I am talking about new clothes just because, or a new book, or new kitchen gadgets. I have been ordering from Amazon nonstop lately… and it NEEDS to stop! That is a place in our budget where we are bleeding money!

My husband has been ordering more from Amazon than he normally does, too. However, most of his items are needs, things needed for car repair or new work clothes. But either way, we have been spending way too much money on Amazon! I’m hoping this No Spend September will help reset my spending habits and make me think before I click “buy now”.

We did our first shop of the month on Saturday, September 2 and we spent $150.91. We shopped at Costco and only bought food items! I can’t recall the last time that actually happened. We mostly stuck to the list and only added one item that wasn’t on the list because we were low on them: eggs. All in all, it was a pretty good shop.

We got six gallons of milk, artichokes, bell peppers, a pineapple, a watermelon, apples, tomatoes, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, maple syrup, bacon, eggs, cheese, bread, and coffee beans.

We shouldn’t have to go to the grocery store for about a week. Hopefully we can stay within my $500 budget!

5 Responses to “No Spend September: Shopping Trip 1”

  1. Lots of Ideas Says:

    When you see something you want or need on Amazon, do you ever check other sites to see if you can get it somewhere else cheaper? Are you lured in because you have ‘free shipping?’ I’m passed the age where I want to acquire ‘stuff’ so I mostly buy food now - I think Amazon is more expensive than Walmart and Target for what I buy so mostly I use it for price comparison.

    How long does 6 gallons of milk last? I struggle to use up a quart before it goes bad - but I only use it for cooking. I’m curious of how much you use and for what - really just nosy! I grew up drinking milk from a farm across the pond from where we lived and store bought whole milk to me tastes like it is mixed with water. The taste of milk that was in the cow yesterday cannot be replicated! The farm is long gone, but the memories live on.

  2. Amber Says:

    I think I’m going to join you on this no spend journey for September.

  3. Brunette Says:

    Yes, Amber! Join me! Every little bit helps!

  4. Brunette Says:

    Lots of Ideas,

    6 gallons will last us around 10 days. Three milk drinkers. My daughter drinks almond milk. My son works on a farm for the summer. When he is home, we buy 10 gallons of milk every 10 days. We are big milk drinkers. We are considering a move and if we move, we plan to have a cow and goats... just for the milk! Jealous that that's what you had growing up.

    I often use Amazon for price check. I think I've just gotten into the habit of buying whatever strikes my fancy. It's a lack of discipline on my part, but I'm working on it.

  5. Lots of ideas Says:

    Thanks for responding.
    There is nothing like fresh milk. Whenever I am with people from my town someone brings it up.
    In the Spring when the calves were born you could hear the mamas laboring from across the pond.
    We often walked over in the Summer to watch the cows come in from the pasture - it was across the street and traffic just stopped while the cows came home.
    They knew their own stalls and went righ in to be milked.
    Very hard work because they had to be milked twice a day no matter what.
    Our school milk came in pint bottles, our home milk in quarts.

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