So I’m on sort of a clean-out/donate/minimalist/pay things off kick this week. With our tax refund, we paid off Dustin’s car yesterday (3, 2, 1… We’re car debt free!!!!) and we also paid off the remaining balance from the birth of our son in August (thank you cesarean section). We had about $2000 leftover to throw at our next snowball- a small ACS student loan which will hopefully be paid off completely by the summer. All of this paying off stuff has motivated me to see how we can become even leaner in our daily lives in hopes that we can find a few “snowflakes” to throw at debt. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dave Ramsey’s term “snowflake,” it means finding little unexpected chunks of money to add to your debt snowball.
So I got to thinking- our freezer is looking mighty full and our pantry seems stocked with quite a few odds and ends- why don’t I challenge myself to not spend any grocery money (with the exception of one gallon of milk because we are almost out) until our next payday- Feb 15? Right now, I have $176 sitting in my grocery envelope. I’ll take out $5 for the milk, and if I meet my challenge, I should be able to throw an extra $171 at our snowball. I’m pretty sure I can do it, as I love to be challenged!
I got so motivated this morning by my challenge that I made a complete list of fridge, freezer, and pantry inventory. It is pages long!!! Who knew we had all that food!!?? Now we need to eat it!
I will keep track of what we have made and eaten (and hopefully NOT spent) and update you all on the 15th! Anybody want to join me in this challenge??
Ooh, and don’t forget to check out my Free Shopping Friday post tomorrow to see how I turn a simple Old Navy tag into free wardrobes for both of my children!!