Well, I've resisted buying this, this, this and this. Because, we/I don't NEED them. I'm still on track for keeping my grocery/food expenses under my goal and not wasting food this month (but it will be close!) I've been picking flowers from our garden instead of buying flowers from the Farmers Market. I bypassed a much needed pedicure. I resisted tickets to a cool concert.
It is still strange having cash on ME and not just wiping out the Credit Card. I still automatically reach for it, but it's not there!
As I mentioned before I want to be better about holding off on purchases and thinking about them before buying them - curbing those impulse buys. I'm learning to ask myself - "Is this a product that will help simplify or organize my life?"; "Is this an item that Sam needs in order to learn and be creative?"; "If I buy this will it set us back from our goals - of purchasing solar panels, traveling and paying off school loans?"; "Am I buying this because I am bored?"
Here are some great personal finance book recommendations. I've been taking this list with ME to the library lately. Right now I'm reading Living Simply with Children and The Simple Living Guide (which my husband joked with ME doesn't seem so SIMPLE since it is 444 pages long!)
Also, here are some great tips by Frugal Dad for ways to save $ during a slow economy.
How is No Spend Month coming for all of you?