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.
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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:
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!)
Monday, January 18
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
Lunch: Veggies, Leftovers
Dinner: Homemade Egg Noodles with Two Types of Sauces
Any Snacks: Storebought Cookies (brought by a friend)
Wednesday, January 20
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
Friday, January 22
Dinner: Pizza Ranch Pizza (brought by a friend)
Saturday, January 23
Lunch: Frozen Hamburgers on Bagels
Dinner: New Pot of Minestrone & Homemade Bread
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!
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