I read through all the posts that Mary did and also the link that she provided (where it originated) and I felt compelled to look at myself and my spending habits. There are so many people in this world that live on $2 or less a day! There are children that have nothing to eat but rice 3x a day, if they even get that 3x a day. I think we will do that one Saturday. Nothing but plain rice and water to see what it's like and to become more compassionate. I know that Clay will be the only one to really understand it, but it's a good lesson for him to have. I want my children to be compassionate to others and not to be so focused on themselves as the center of the world. For them to learn that I need to lead by example and really examine myself.
So here's my rules starting for August:
*No spending on anything other than necessities (food, bills, gas for cars, diapers)
*Stay home as much as possible, no extra runs for anything, food shopping and library combined trip 1x a week,(while grocery shopping) and church on Sunday
*Only buy basic food items, make all snacks/meals from scratch at home.Only water, tea and kool-aid we have at home to drink
*No eating out the whole month. That's just a wasteful, unhealthy extra.
*Grocery budget for the month will be $50/wk or $200 whichever comes first and shopping will be moved to Sunday to prepare for the week. (my week's run monday-sunday)
*Live by that wise mantra we've all heard a hundred times “Make do, do without, use it up, wear it out!”