30 Day Spending Fast

I  am so happy I got gasoline the day before. Gas prices shot up 25 cents in one day.

It also reached 80 degrees all of the sudden here in Michigan and my husband reminded me that our air conditioning window unit was on the fritz. We were looking when it started petering out at the end of last summer, but we couldn’t find any.

Our 95 year old house has no central air. Jeff found a deal online and we went to pick a new unit up at Lowe’s on sale. A more energy efficient model and smaller to boot. Not an expense I wanted to have at the moment though.

Is air conditioning a necessity? For many people the answer would be no. I personally don’t have to have it. But, my hot blooded husband does.

On the way home he surprised me by stopping for ice cream at an ice cream stand. I ate an unnecessary, but very delicious cone.

As you go on a spending fast, you can tell your family about it. And they may want to join or they may not want to. Make sure to tell them the reason (so we can pay off a debt, go on vacation, have less clutter, etc.) for more motivation.

Watch where your spending fast negatively affects relationships. I could have gotten all annoying about a $1 ice cream cone. But, I didn’t think it was worth it. Concentrate more on your spending than what your family is spending.

And I bought produce for the next two days.

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6 comments

  • Mary

    We have the AC unit in the bedroom going. It gets very humid here on Long Island, NY. We had 2 giant thunderstorms this morning and showers on and off until the afternoon. That combination of events brought the humidity in. My 12 year old wants to go to Staples tomorrow. It told her no because I’m on a spending fast. She told me that she’s not. I told her that she can spend her own money there. She told me that she has not money. So end of conversation. She likes to change out binders, etc….Sometimes it’s worth it but many times it’s really not necessary. I am buying mulch for the garden. That’s a planned expense. I have the beginnings of a compost pile so next year I can use my own mulch and compost. We have ice-cream today too. It was fun. I said no to cooing out to dinner tonight.

  • Beth

    Yes it always amazes me how things aren’t as important when they need to use their money LOL

  • Linda DeMars

    One moment pause.:It is amazing how the kids don’t think things are so essential when it’s their money. My daughter once wanted some fancy label jeans, and I told her I would buy GAp jeans or give her the money and she could earn the rest. (Back then GAP jeans were around $15 -17.00) Well, she got one pair of the ones she wanted, then she told me,” When I think of how many hours I had to babysit little kids to get these jeans, I’ll just get the other ones next time. Today she is the most frugal person I know and finds marvelous bargains in thrift stores too.

    As to the savings, yes- I do have to remember that I’m watching out for me. If some one buy something for me as a treat, I just need to remember to say “Thank you.”

    We do have the AC on- or did, then it got chilly for a few days, now it’s back on. Since my husband turned it on, I don’t feel bad. I do see I will need to get another table fan later. The one I used in the kitchen to move the air around , especially in the afternoon (lots of glass windows, faces west) has been moved to our bedroom because the ceiling fan has died or else it’s broken. We have gotten our money’s worth out of that.

    Actually I think the above makes 3 fans not working, shall we wait for the two in the kitchen to go, too?

  • Maggie

    Our house is 80+ years old, too, and we do not have central air either. My husband hates air conditioning and the heat does not bother him, so we have never spent the thousands of dollars to add this to our house. The only time is really gets to me is on the 90+ degress and 90+ humidity. I have a fan in one bedroom and a very large one in the living room and a window unit in our guest room and the upstairs bedroom. We usually just put it on til the room cools off in the evening and turn it off once we get to sleep. Seems to work okay unless you wake up in the night. It is really tough to get back to sleep.
    We have forced hot water radiators for heat which is okay but no ducts for installing air. People here in VA just cannot believe that we manage without air conditioning but it is quite cold at my office so when I get home in the evening is is really okay for it to be warm.

  • Beth

    Love that story Linda!

    The cold office might be even more uncomfortable than the heat Maggie!

  • Nancy Mutzl

    My central air conditioning is absolutely necessary. I live in Phoenix. The offset is, I barely used any heat this winter. Absolutely none for January and February. We are very conscious of how low we keep the thermostat and have insulation and thick curtains in the windows. My friend here in Phoenix who only has a window unit in her bedroom spends the heat of the day at the mall or library and “uses their air conditioning”.

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