So we're into August now and Uber Frugal Month is officially over. We also dedicated this month as "No Spend Month". So let me tell you how it went.
We began the month really well, no spending at all.
We immediately switched out my youngest child' disposable nappies at night for cloth which was a super easy swap and I can't believe we didn't do it sooner. We also took nappies off my 3 year old at night as we felt he was ready to go dry through the night. This all went well. I also started using cloths for going to the toilet. This also went well thought there was a small increase in washing.
We cancelled our Netflix membership so that's a small monthly saving. Then we were invited to a party one of my children's friend's. I thought at first I would make a gift, but completely left it too late and ran out of time so had to buy something. I felt ok about this as you could argue it was an essential purchase, but I was disappointed with my lack of preparation. We were planning on cancelling our Ancestry.com membership but needed to download to family tree so that ended up not happening. (Still planning on cancelling this as soon as we have figured out how to download the thing.) Things carried on well after this, just buying our weekly food and other consumables. Then we got ready for our holiday.
We did have one sunny day!
When we got back from our holiday my husband bought some new trainers which were on sale and I ordered some too, though sent mine back because, although they were cheap they weren't quite right so decided it was better to get pricier ones that fit perfectly for running in the future when I really need them, than cheaper ones that might bother me (and were also not essential). He also bought some trousers and I bought a new set of paints, (again justified by saying it's for my art business?!)
Unfortunately, because of eating out and other bits and bobs on our holiday we have ended up with both our bank accounts over drawn, but I am hoping that we are less overdrawn than we might have been had we not been "Uber Frugal" this month.
This in my sold painting, but more paintings available HERE
On a positive note, I sold a painting this month!! And I launched another mama's retreat day, this time an all day art fest!