Monday, January 23, 2012

NSM {Week 3}: I MET MY GOAL!

Yup, it’s true!  My goal for our No-Spend Month, besides not using my debit card at all, was to contribute $200 all on my own toward paying off a certain debt.  I am happy to say that as of right now, I have earned:

 

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Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! :)

The crazy thing is, when I gave myself a goal for $200, I was expecting to teach one extra piano lesson and also have a Wildtree tasting party for someone.  None of those things ended up happening, yet God was still gracious enough to let me earn the money….and the month is not over yet! :)

I have prayed many times this month that God would provide extra ways for me to earn money to pay off debt.  The Facebook resale groups that I mentioned 2 weeks ago have been such a blessing….I keep finding stuff to sell and post and praise God, people keep buying it!  lol

As I mentioned in my review post for The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, having a goal has been invaluable.  When I didn’t get the money for the lessons or party like I originally thought I would (I was expecting to bring in between $100-$120 from those events), I was forced to reevaluate and get creative with selling what I could. 

The crazy thing is that the more I purge our house, the more I find that I can get rid of!  Our house is like a Mary Poppins bag!  lol

Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you to think outside the box and keep pressing on if you’re working at chipping away debt.  And most importantly, don’t forget to PRAY!  I really believe that living debt-free is a big deal to God and that He will bless you in those efforts. 

You can do it!

 

P.S. I do have to admit here that I did use my debit card on Wednesday to buy a salad at Wendy’s.  Luke had an evaluation for his feeding issues that was an hour and a half away and in my nervousness about the meeting I totally forgot to pack a lunch for myself.  We left the house at 9:20 and didn’t get home til almost 3 – and I was starving.  So yes, the debit card did get used once!  Our printer ink was completely out so we had to buy an almost $30 cartridge for it – otherwise I would have had extra cash.  I am hoping to have $6 left over this week to put back in the account to make up for it! 

P.P.S.  If you ever have a situation where you need to eat fast food, remember that Wendy’s supports the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption!  Their Baja salad is really yummy and you can order it with a baked potato instead of chili so you don’t have to eat fake meat aka FEET.  lol!   

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