This whole no spend challenge thing was for the birds today.
Yesterday we did great – the kids were on a two-hour delay from school, so before they headed out in the morning they helped me make Monkey Bread and Jello, and we managed to spend $0 throughout the day.
(My hubby even took his lunch to work without any potato chips ~ serious sacrifice folks.)
I did grab these $14 Twinkle Toes for my daughter. (Although we're only really counting groceries and food in our challenge, I'm still trying to pay attention to all of our spending.) The price is back up now, but they were too good a deal to miss! We had ravioli and salad for dinner in between driving kids back and forth around town, and stuck to our budget completely ~ woohoo!
And then, I almost made it today. 🙂
This morning I flew out of Columbus to visit friends for the weekend and scrapbook, but was determined to stick to my No Spend Challenge as much as I could. When James and I went to Utah a few weeks ago I was reminded of just how ridiculously priced airport food was, so I purposely packed snacks to take with me not wanting to shell out $10 for a bagel.
My flight through Charlotte was fine (I was shocked with the crazy weather going on everywhere!), but once I was in Charlotte we sat, and sat, and sat. I stayed away though from the temptation of Starbucks, Auntie Anne's and Einstein Brothers as I walked through the airport, and enjoyed my Nature Valley Bar and Smart Pop. 🙂
However, I didn't expect the flight to be delayed until 4 PM, so by the time the plane finally took off I was starving. My friend Shannon and I were planning to meet for dinner though, so I figured I could hold out a little longer.
When we flew over Huntsville though, the ground was covered in snow (I thought), but the roads were actually covered in ice so there was no way we could get together. I headed out of the airport looking for something to eat, and saw those lovely golden arches just beckoning me.
So I pulled in, decided I could survive even McDonald's, and after waiting at the drive thru for at least eight minutes realized they were closed. Along with every single other restaurant I could see – so I was completely stuck ~ and famished!
Thank heavens there was a Subway a little ways further down the road with lights on, and sure enough they were open. I ran in, grabbed my Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich (I love those things!), and came to the hotel to catch up on blogging before enjoying most of the weekend off.
So, there you have it. I talked to my hubby tonight and he baked a frozen pizza for dinner, then splurged and took our kids to Dairy Queen as a treat. I think the total damage for the day was around $15 – not too awful all things considered? I'd love to hear if you're joining us how things are looking in your family – it really is possible to save (and so worth it when you consider what you really want rather than what you want right now.)
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