Week 4 Update – NSC Series

Week 4 Update

It’s time for our FINAL update: the week 4 update! Now, this won’t be the recap of the entirety of the NSC, but instead we will focus on this week’s update like a normal week and do our recap later this week – so stay tuned. Onto today’s update!

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As some of you may know, we are in the midst of our first ever No Spend Challenge (NSC) which started January 1.

The short story is that my wife and I racked up a ton of debt (read how HERE) and want to pay it off as quickly as possible so that we can live our dream lives (read about our goals HERE). This challenge will help us learn about living frugal, saving money, and paying off our debt faster.

Visit our post, Frugal Living at its Finest: the No Spend Challenge, to view why we are doing the challenge, what the challenge entails, and the rules.

The hardest thing about budgeting and frugal living is doing it alone and that’s why we want to invite you all to join us on our NSC. Sign up below to opt-in to our email community, filled with exclusive tips and tricks for saving money to survive living frugal during your NSC month.

Follow our rules or make your own! Join for one week or the entire month! We know that not everyone is in the same situation we are in. Stick with the No Spend Challenge for as much or as little as you are able in your situation and don’t be afraid to hop on after the starting date (it’s never too late to join in on the fun!).

We’ll be taking the challenge right alongside you – with daily blog posts, encouragements, and exclusive email information and communication: this will be the single, greatest choice you make to jump start the New Year.

Funds: Week 4 Update


So, this week may have been a little bit more spend-y than last week because we did have a couple of necessities to purchase. To be honest, I’m not surprised since we haven’t spent money on purchases in 31 days (WOW). So, here’s what we spent:

Gas: $27.68
Medication: $5.52
Again, these are totally understandable purchases and don’t go against any of the rules that we set for ourselves, so we feel pretty good about them. I can’t wait to show you guys the full challenge update later this week (and our debt repayment update tomorrow).

Food: Week 4 Update


We STILL have a lot of food leftover in our cupboard. I can’t believe how much food we must have had at the beginning of the challenge that we STILL cannot get rid of it all. In any case, we will be extending our challenge for as long as we are able to feed ourselves. Stay tuned! 🙂

Onto our meal plan:

Here’s what we ate this week:

Sunday, January 24

Breakfast: slept past breakfast
Lunch: Leftover Minestrone
Dinner: Minestrone again (we are getting a little tired of it, but still like it lol!)

Any Snacks: 

Monday, January 18

Breakfast: Shakeology
Lunch: Leftover & Frozen Hamburgers (from this summer)
Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner

Any Snacks: German Chocolate Cake (it was a staff member’s birthday)

Tuesday, January 19

Breakfast: Shakeo
Lunch: Veggies, Leftovers
Dinner: Homemade Egg Noodles with Two Types of Sauces

Any Snacks: Storebought Cookies (brought by a friend)

Wednesday, January 20

Breakfast: Shakeo
Lunch: Leftovers Hamburgers from the Freezer
Dinner: Homemade Chinese Lo Mein & Beef Teriyaki

Any Snacks: Fresh Veggies & Dip

Thursday, January 21

Breakfast: Panera Bread & Cream Cheese (Work Meal)
Lunch: Mexican Restaurant (Work Meal)
Dinner: Leftover Chinese Lo Mein & Beef Teriyaki

Any Snacks:

Friday, January 22

Breakfast: Shakeo
Lunch: Spaghetti
Dinner: Pizza Ranch Pizza (brought by a friend)

Any Snacks: 

Saturday, January 23

Breakfast: Shakeo
Lunch: Frozen Hamburgers on Bagels
Dinner: New Pot of Minestrone & Homemade Bread

Any Snacks: 

Overall: Week 4 Update

Overall, this challenge has been enthralling, exciting, and also extremely hard as we close the finish line. There are times where there is nothing we want more than to go shopping for absolutely anything. However, we are so excited to be almost done and know that we have learned SO much. I will expand on all of this in the full challenge recap later this week.

The most eye-opening thing for our week 4 update? How surprisingly hard it can be at times. We are caught between two mindsets – one of wanting to be happy, living a life where we aren’t so “stuck” and aren’t so unbelievably stressed so often. The other of wanting to be debt free. I guess for us it can be hard to choose priorities at times because we like to dream so freely, but we are learning to live a quieter life.

Looking past our week 4 update – forward: I’m mostly just really excited to share our debt repayment update with you tomorrow and our full challenge recap later this week! I can’t wait!


Have questions you would like to add? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading our week 4 update! If you didn’t already share, I’d love to hear your week 4 update for the final point of the challenge!

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3 Replies to “Week 4 Update – NSC Series”

  1. I am impressed by your conclusions. Yes, one month to not spend is not easy, so I admire you! I can’t wait to see the financial reports and to sing “keep the road, Jack” 🙂
    I think you can do again same, but not for one month just for 1-2 weeks, until to eat all you still have it. Did you estimate when you will finish all your existing food?

    I have just one week of non spending ( keep the spending days in weekend) but our pantry and fridge is almost empty. And I learnt a lot from your experience: before to buy let’s think if I can find a solution
    with existing items from my house…

    1. Thank you! One whole month of not spending was quite the challenge, but I’m glad we made it. I certainly learned a lot and I can’t wait to share with you guys what all we did / found out / saved up / etc. later this week with our end-of-the-challenge recap! 🙂 Thanks for always supporting us.

      In answer to your question, I think we have enough food for a week and a half or two weeks. Perhaps even a little bit more. We will be buying some sandwich supplies Sunday for a super bowl party (just some meat & cheese, the rest we are making ourselves). Not too bad, I’d say! I would imagine that we will get away with not using any of our budgeted food money until the 15th, except for the super bowl meat & cheese and probably some butter (we’re all out!).

      I can’t wait to see our pantry empty!

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