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frugalkristen

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2017 Every Penny Accounted For
« on: October 18, 2016, 11:39:22 AM »
I am planning on doing a no-spend year in 2017.  Of course I have a mortgage and utilities.  And food and gas.  But I plan to cut back to the bare bones.  No shopping or eating out.  I really want to challenge myself to see how far I can take this.  I started a journal which I will update more as January 1st approaches.  I might even resurrect my old blog to keep a running tab of my expenses.  I'm curious if anyone has done this and how it went?

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Re: 2017 Every Penny Accounted For
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2016, 04:12:37 PM »
This is ambitious! I commend you for taking on such a long challenge. I've never done a whole year of no eating out because the reality is that I find myself out in the world without a packed lunch all the time. I believe I've done a whole year without shopping for clothing (minus undies) without even meaning to.
How will you do your tracking?
What will you do with all your savings?

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Re: 2017 Every Penny Accounted For
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2016, 09:18:59 PM »
I guess you will come up with strategies to avoid the need to shop or eat out. Getting a small cooler you can fill with snacks like fruit and cheese and crackerswill help.
Do you have a fridge at work?

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Re: 2017 Every Penny Accounted For
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2016, 07:05:12 AM »
Interesting! How much of a stretch is this for you? Do you currently eat out once or twice (or sometimes not at all) each month, or do you buy lunch out every day? If the former I bet it will be totally doable (this is more where I'm at, and I think I could do it -- my wife might not be too happy about it though), but if it's the latter I think burnout would be a serious issue you should be careful of.

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Re: 2017 Every Penny Accounted For
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2016, 04:17:26 PM »
I always bring my lunch to work (I make a big meal on Sunday and portion it out so I can grab and go during the week!).  I eat out when I feel like it - not usually planned.  Mainly on the weekends - not after work or anything.  But I like cooking and so does my BF so it'll force me to try things I've never gotten around to making.  As for shopping, I don't really like shopping.  I end up hitting the outlet mall once a year for a few things.  So it should be easy to avoid that.  I like challenging myself and this seemed like a great challenge. I want to increase my savings for retirement.

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Re: 2017 Every Penny Accounted For
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2016, 04:39:24 AM »
I am 9.5 months into my year of eating no restaurant food.  I did not just give up eating at restaurants, but also take out, leftovers, and the grocery store deli.

When my work or family wants to go out to eat, I will accompany them and socialize like I always have, I just don't eat.

It's not just about the money, but also control over what goes in me.  A couple of times I paid full price to sit at a banquet and not eat.