Freaking Out (Update on the No-Spend Month Challenge)

I’m seriously freaking out.  Hyperventilating!  Could someone please get me a paper bag!?!  Okay, okay, deep breaths.  It will be okay.  The No-Spend Month Challenge is almost over.  Only a few days left until February, right?  I NEED TO BUY SOMETHING!!!

Alright, alright.  Don’t call 911, I’m just having a Shopaholic Moment.  I’m not proud of it, but it happens now and again.  Really, though the No-Spend Month Challenge has been going well.  So well, in fact, that maybe I was getting a little too cocky about my new found Frugality.  I even told Danny, “This is easy!  We have everything we need!  I’m going to keep not shopping in February!”

What is it they say about pride before the fall???  Hmm…

I HAD been doing so well at avoiding my Shopaholic triggers.  I got in the habit of zealously clearing out my emails without looking at anything that could be related to shopping.  But I thought I was safe with an email from Money Saving Mom! I mean, I’m trying to be a Money Saving Mom, so THE Money Saving Mom could certainly only help, right?


“Kitchen Aid Mixer at Kohls for $129.99!” wrote Money Saving Mom.  AGGGHHHH!  I have been WAITING to find a really good deal on a Kitchen Aid mixer!  “Well”, I thought, “It’s the bottom of the line one.  It will only come in White and I want chrome.  I’ll just click on the link to see and then I will feel better.”  IT CAME IN CHROME!  FOR THE SAME PRICE!!!

So that was semi-tragic.  Maybe not fully tragic, but if you’ve ever kneaded bread with a toddler standing on your metatarsals, you can understand the slight tragicness of having to pass up a Kitchen Aid Mixer.  But I held firm and  resolved to put money aside specifically for a Kitchen Aid Mixer so I’ll be prepared next time a great offer comes along.  Good, right?  Don’t feel too sorry for me.  I have a VitaMix, a giant food processor, and a hand mixer, and sturdy shoes to protect my metatarsals.  I’ll survive.

When my inner greed monster starts to rear its ugly head, I’m trying to push it out with gratitude.  Nothing knocks you back into reality like checking out the Heifer website and contemplating how much of the world lives, know what I mean?  There are people who NEED things!  As for us?  We have ENOUGH!

So, just when I had reeled my brain back in to a zen-like state of gratitude (it just looks calming in bold italics, doesn’t it?); I came across THIS news on Facebook, the very news that got me hyperventilating:   Life Of Fred came out with A LANGUAGE ARTS SERIES!!!

Yes, I really was losing it over Language Arts.  Is that super weird?  Hey, being a Shopaholic isn’t all about hoarding high heels and lip gloss.  Shopaholism is a complex issue.  It can strike when you least expect it.  As soon as it occurs to you that you NEED something, that a THING will make your life complete, that is when you’re in the Shopaholic Danger Zone.  And yes, it can happen with Language Arts books just as well as a pair of buttery leather pumps with exquisite detailing…

…Uh-oh, I shouldn’t have thought about shoes… PIPERLIME!  NORDSTROM!  Where’s that paper bag???  Okay, let’s just change the subject… Language Arts is a LITTLE less painful.

So, anyways, if you’ve been reading here awhile you know how much we love Life Of Fred math in our homeschool.  I am so stinking excited about the new series!!!  And no, we don’t really need it.  I wouldn’t skimp on my kids’ education, but seriously we are stacked with books here.  Stacked with stacks and stacks.  Besides that it’s actually intended for high school, but I’ve heard that the first book is okay for 8-9 year olds too…  All right, I admit it.  I want it for myself.  Only. A. Few. More. Days.

I can do this!!!

OH.  But I have to tell you about the really unfortunate thing happened.  I heard the all too familiar hum of the UPS truck outside my house and thought “What on earth is the UPS truck doing here when I haven’t bought anything???”  (Okay, the UPS truck has still visited us this month for our supplements, laundry detergent, and purchases Danny had to make for some volunteer work he’s doing, but this day I was really not expecting anything.)  Then I found THIS on our front porch:

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Be really careful about putting babies on autoship. Once they’re in transit there are no returns or exchanges! (Just kidding, and let me make myself clear: there are NO BABIES in transit to The Ordinary Chaos!!!)

Turns out that in my zeal to delete emails without looking at them, I missed the email from Amazon that my Subscribe and Save was shipping soon.  So I now have an overstock of Chia Seeds, Chili Powder, and Diaper Genie liners.  Don’t you hate it when saving money ends up costing money?  So just maybe my own carelessness is what cost me money, but I’d rather blame it all on the No-Spend Month.  Is that the wrong attitude?  Hmm…

Oh well, what’s a No-Spend Month Challenge without the “Challenge” part, right?

Maybe you’re wondering if we’re just going to have Spendthrift February to make up for No-Spend January.  Don’t worry, we saw that coming a mile away, and plans are being put in place to stop the insanity!  Here are our ideas:

  • Have a waiting period to make sure you REALLY need something before buying.
  • Only buy an item if you have specific dollars put aside for the purchase.  (I think this what people refer to as a budget???)
  • If you do bring one new item home, find two old things to donate so clutter isn’t piling up.

What do you think?  Anyone have some more sweet ideas to cure the itchy credit card finger?  I’d love to hear them!  Are you doing the No-Spend Month Challenge along with myself and Carrie at Natural Moms Talk Radio?  Tell me how it’s going!

Well, thanks for listening to me vent.  I feel a lot better.  It does feel good to stop buying things and be thankful for all the blessings we already have.   I mean who can want for anything when you’ve got this little face cheering you up all day long?

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And his brothers too! True blessings. <3


BUT I’m totally ordering the first book in Life Of Fred Language Arts on February 1st… the waiting period will be over!  Is that so wrong?  It’s for education, okay?  AND I will let all you Life of Fred lovers know how it is!

Talk to you soon!





  1. Oh. No. You. Didn’t! LoF does L.A. now!? This looks like it might be the perfect fit for my “what do we do after First Language Lessons 4” problem.

    If it makes you feel better I fell off the wagon big time last week.


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