November is normally a rainy, dreary month. I like to spend it cuddled up inside playing boardgames and watching movies. This is what makes November the perfect time for a challenge to shake things up a bit!
In my household we call it Frugal Fun Sobrember. A month where you have lots of fun while staying frugal and, wait for it, sober. This is a great time to find free events, play boardgames, hold movie nights or in other ways enjoy life without spending money.
Our rules for this month are:
No eating out
No drinking alcohol
Only spend money on necessities (things like groceries and transit)
HAVE LOTS OF FUN!
To add to this challenge, I'd like to clear some space in my “hoards”. I tend to collect things that “may be useful some day” around the house. These include but are not limited to:
Dry goods (food)
Vitamins and supplements
I challenge all of you dear readers to think about what types of things you tend to hoard and challenge yourself to do something about at least one of those categories this November!
Here are my ideas for the month:
Food - $50 grocery challenge
I'm trying out a $50 grocery challenge this month. To use up as much as I can out of my pantry I'm going to make plans for these dry goods using as few new additions as I can. I'm hoping to mainly spend my money on vegetables and probably a gallon of milk this month.
Ulterior motive: I want to use this challenge to learn how to use my ingredients more efficiently and more economically. I also want to learn new recipes using what I have in my pantry.
Vitamins and supplements – Use it or lose it
I have a bunch of vitamins and supplements that I've acquired through work. Lots of training sessions and trade shows leaves me with a full vitamin and supplement stock. My plan is to build a good habit of actually using the supplements I have and figuring out what I am not using (and subsequently will never use).
Ulterior motive: I'm hoping making use of my vitamins and supplements will help me with some of my health concerns. I don't have any major issues but it would be nice to have some more energy and help cope with my stress better.
Clothing – Recoup some of the costs
I've always dreamt of a minimalist wardrobe. While I feel that I've done a good job of clearing out what I don't use, I have a large box under my bed with clothes that cost too much to donate. My challenge for this month is to put at least five items up for sale using Facebook, Ebay and a clothing site aimed at Japanese street clothing.
Ulterior motive: This challenge comes with good bonuses: more money and more space. I want to create a habit of putting up five things for sale each month in order to finally get rid of all the things haunting the monsters under the bed.
Fabric – Get back into sewing
I love sewing, it's fun and I find it really easy to get into a flow state while making something. I've done a good job of heavily downsizing my fabric stash. I've not done as good of a job of actually making something out of my stash. I usually just give it away. This month I want to challenge myself to engage in smaller projects in order to make something out of the fabric I do have rather than giving it away.
Ulterior Motive: I tend to use the clothes I make myself pretty regularly. This will help me achieve the wardrobe I actually want with clothes that both fit me well and will last all while downsizing my stash.
What are your challenges for the month? Is there a challenge in particular that seems especially daunting to you? Let me know below!