Kicking off our 30 Days

Here we are at the start of the month! If you are planning on doing the 30 Days of Nothing in any way, shape or form, sign in so that we can all visit each other. Remember, it’s OK to do this in a way that seems workable for your family. You decide the rules. As long as you are being more mindful about your purchases during the month of September, you are doing it right.

If you are new here, welcome! Please comment and tell me where you heard about the challenge. And if you need more details, click on the related posts, below Mr. Linky. I am looking forward to seeing what your family does with this month. How much will you save? It’s up to you!


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  1. I’ve been kicking around the idea of this..and with my husband spending the week in the hospital after emergency surgery..I’ve decided I need to get more serious about spending less…Thanks for getting me kickstarted

  2. Thanks for the encouragement to do what I had already told my kids we need to do!

  3. Hi, I clicked on your website through biblicalwomanhood. I am intrigued by this challenge. I’ve been a stay at home for 26 years, and have only worked outside of the home for 4and 1/2 months. (this past spring and summer) I am so motivated now to save my husbands hard earned money. So is the challenge to pay only the bills, and the buy the least amount of food as possible? We still have 3 kids at home, and although 30 days doesn’t sound that long, it’s amazing how everyday something seems to come up that we just have to have.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Hello…..I heard about your challenge from Money Saving Mom. Very interested in getting more details.

  5. Hi there, I’m a French-American person living in France. Working mother of 3. I find the concept of the 30 day of nothing and will be experimenting it as of tomorrow. Yeap here also we need to watch where our money goes.

  6. Finally taking the plunge. A little late, but better late than never. I’m fairly new to your blog and I’ve really been enjoying it. Thanks.

  7. Hi! I found you through the BlogHer link. Your 30 days of nothing has inspired me to work on cutting my grocery spending and think more carefully about all of our other spending. Your post could not have come at a better time for me.

  8. I’m in. Late, but that’s better than not at all. We have eight in our family and one on the way so my “nothing” is “nothing extraneous”. We’re only getting what we absolutely have to have (food counts though that’s going to change a bit as well).

  9. Forgot to mention that I heard about this through Biblical Womanhood.

  10. I’m getting in on this late as well. My “rule” so-to-speak, is to try a “use-what-you-have” month that shops from my closetful of craft and scrapbook items instead of looking for something else to entertain me. I’ll post the creative ideas I come up with. I’m not sure it will save money, but it shouldn’t cost any, and will hopefully give me more space and beauty in the end.

  11. I just now found this — but I’m pretty much doing this already. My dh and I both work in the schools, so September is generally a lean month for us (after having worked less during the summer). I’ve been keeping to a strict budget, using a spreadsheet from Dave Ramsey’s site, and we really don’t have anything to spare this month, so we’re making do on one tank of gas, buying dry beans, etc. I’m also on the lookout for spare cash opportunities — cashed in for $14.25 from Greenfield Online surveys, and saving MyPoints to get a gas card.

  12. Found this at Biblical Womanhood today and truly beleive the Lord led me here. I seriously have a shopping addiction and my children’s closets are popping full of clothing….I see something I want and I buy it. Today I purpose that for the month of October – I will buy only our needs. This goes for all areas of spending including the grocery store. I’m browsing through your blog and find it encouraging.
    Thanks for posting this challenge (I know I’m a month late but hey – had I found it last month I may not have been ready. It was today when I looked at my statement that it REALLY HIT ME!

  13. I am a month late, but we are going to try this for Oct. I am looking forward to seeing how it all plays out!

  14. I ran across this 30 day challenge thing and I am really interested in knowing the details. I know it is October but I am always looking for new ideas. We are in the middle Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and I would really like to show my husband this 30 day challenge. Can you email me all the details?

  15. I am doing 30 days of nothing for the month of Oct. (so actually 31 days) 🙂
    I posted a little bit about it already on my blog, but at the end of the month I will post again with a break down week by week of how it went.
    I love this idea and plan to carry what I have learned this month into all the months that follow.


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