Expenses for the Week of February 10th-16th — Buy Nothing New for a Year!

It’s hard to believe another week has gone by so quickly…seems like I just updated our purchases yesterday. Last week saw 3 out of 7 days with nothing purchased at all, which isn’t bad. It definitely helps us to not purchase new things when we are avoiding retail stores at all costs. A friend of ours recently commented on how she has gone from a few visits a week to Target to having not stepped foot inside of one since December 28th! That’s what I’m talking about! We’re so glad that our resolution has challenged our friends, family and others to reevaluate their shopping patterns. While making this resolution for ourselves, we quickly realized that it wasn’t necessarily the items we went to the store with the intent on purchasing that was doing the damage, but all of the extras that we would throw in the cart because they were on sale or “a good deal.”


February 11: Valentine’s Gifts for Melissa and the boys, a sweater for Joe

  • All purchased at a local Salvation Army for less than $6 total. (Shhhh…don’t tell her….)
    • Gifts: $3.00 + taxIMAG0002IMAG0001
    • Sweater: $1.99 + tax (50% off yellow tag day)
  • Greeting Card purchased at Thrift & Thrive for 50 cents.
  • You can read more about Melissa’s Valentines activities with the boys as well!




February 14: Valentine’s Dinner for the family

  • We have a tradition to take our boys out with us for Valentine’s dinner. It just doesn’t feel right leaving the little cupids at home on such a fun little holiday. Unfortunately this year our littlest one, Evan, was sick. So dinner reservations for 4 at 5 turned into takeout for 5 at 4! We fed 3 adults and 2 children sushi, soup and noodles from our favorite neighborhood takeout joint for around $50. Score!

February 15: Cell Phone Repair

  • Read about my snowy phone adventures here. This $50 is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of finding a way to fix or replace my brand new (now broken) smartphone. To the naysayers that think it’s easy to live like this for a year because we own a thrift store, let me remind you that we don’t always have everything in stock that we need when we need it! (Like brand new smartphones…)

February 16: Grocery shopping

  • Food: $23.32
  • Wine/Beer for dinner party at friends house: $18.87
  • Personal Hygiene: $5.29

A slow week for sure, which isn’t a bad thing. I’m currently looking into some ebay auctions on replacement parts for my damaged phone, so count on an update on that later this week. As well, we still need to replace our broken XBox controller for the boys. Right. For the boys. As of now, I think that’s all that is on our family wish list We are currently also shopping for replacement parts for our broken business computer, and even though it’s an exempt expense, we’ve decided to go the route of replacing a hard drive vs. buying a new (or even a used) computer. This should be interesting, considering that neither one of us is a licensed Apple specialist, or genius, or whatever they call themselves. Keep following us for more!


  1. Renee says:

    Sounds like a good week, minus the cell phone! Today marks the start of ‘Operation Pantry’; each meal is made with what’s in the fridge, freezer and pantry; only allowed to purchase fresh components (onions, apples, kale) and coffee and milk for Jack. (That sounds odd!) Included in this week is Jack taking a snack to school for the class.

    You guys rock!!! Thanks for all the inspiration!

    • admin says:

      Well I suppose it might sound strange to someone else that Jack takes his coffee with milk, but I understand.
      I am going to take inspiration from you on this one…we’ve been looking for an excuse to renovate our pantry, and I think beginning with a full inventory, this might make a great way to stretch the food budget even further. Thanks!

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