Frugal February

It's almost February, and I'm challenging myself to a month of frugality!

Here are the rules of engagement:

No eating out.
No drinking out, including coffee.
No shopping for non-necessities.

Here are the pre-set exceptions:
My bridesmaid's dress for my lovely sister's wedding (kind of a necessity, actually)
Anything amazing and affordable that I find at bargainhuntingpdx (if I go)
Buying material for a gift that I desperately want to make but know I don't have the material for

How to curb shopping jitters/anxiety:
Pot-lucks with friends
Big delicious dinners with lots of left-overs for when I'm feeling lazy
Using Christmas time gift certificate for Powells books
Sewing, crafting, and gifting with materials I already have
Preparing French press/mocha pot the night before so that I make coffee every morning
Having granola bars/bagels/fruit at hand so that I don't buy breakfast

If anyone wants to join in Frugal February, let me know! What's your savings goal and how are you going to reach it? My goal is really just to observe the difference that doing the above things makes. I will update along the way.


  1. intense challenge! i feel like if i attempted this my definition of "necessities" would gradually expand to the point of meaninglessness. not that i buy much to begin with, but, c'mon, it's almost garden time...frivolous spending on garden crap is how i make it through february without losing my damn mind. good luck to you though!

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