The results for No Spending January are in and while January wasn't a no spending month, it was a low spending month. As of January 30 I spent $8.50, which includes furniture polish, dish detergent, kleenex and a birthday card. I was sure that would be my total for the month. But I decided to go to Michael's on Monday night for Valentine supplies -- $8.00 from my very generous and thoughtful Christmas gift card -- and made a quick detour at my favorite dollar store. The dollar store was tempting and I fell to temptation. I bought four padded envelopes, a card and a package of Hanes Her Way, five pairs for five dollars. The first two purchases will be used in the next month and the Hanes Her Way are needed replacements. The total at the Dollar Store was $8.00.
My total spending for stuff for January is $16.50, and I am delighted. I don't feel deprived in any way and I have brought nothing home that will not be used. Sixteen fifty is my benchmark spending amount for February. I like the idea of being conscious of what I buy and only buying what I plan. I see a tee-shirt issue looming for the spring and I know I need to replace several shirts that are no longer wearable. I will put this on my list for March and April and be on the lookout for sales on spring clothes.
How did I do on my other organizational goals? I discarded seven bags of paper and a big stack of magazines. I cleaned out the refrigerator and my kitchen cupboard. There is space in my front closet and in several of my dresser drawers. I didn't arrange the pickup for clothes and household things and I commit to doing this in February. I did well with sweets, but not as well as I would like. This is an area I need to give extra effort to. I bought ice cream late last week and a bag of Christmas peanut M&Ms, which were on sale for a ridiculously low price. Neither of these were good purchases and I begin February at the same weight as January.
January was a very good month, but not a great month. February, you're going to be a great month!