Mission Zero Spending

Once upon a time, the hubby and I didn’t have a budget. We flew by the seat of our pants when it came to finances, and that was disastrous for us. Luckily, we did a 180 about a year ago and have been living on a strict budget ever since. The downside of being so savings-oriented now is that we don’t budget in fun. We tried it once, but ended up not using those funds and adding them to savings at the end of the month.

We’re just too darn cheap these days, but we also know we need a bit of fun in our lives.

At first we tried knocking around ideas about going on vacation at the end of the year. It turned out that we couldn’t decide on a place that both of us would enjoy. Not to mention when we added up all the expenses of a vacation, it just seemed too darn expensive to go anywhere on vacation and miss out on work.

After a bit of brainstorming, it dawned on me… there is one thing that the hubby and I both love… and that’s Disneyland.

But Disneyland is so… expensive.

Well, not really... If we were to buy annual passes, they would pay for themselves after the first couple visits. Since we live about 90 minutes away, gas and a sack lunch would be our only real ongoing costs. But, of course, you have to buy those passes. And I couldn’t see budgeting that in as an ongoing expense.

Photo Credit: DisneyTouristBlog.com

So, the hubby and I made a deal. We’d go a whole month, April 5th through May 5th, without using any of our grocery money. And that would about cover our Disney passes.

Luckily, with my couponing skills, I’ve built up quite the stockpile of food. So, this little challenge is double for me: cook all of our meals from what we have on hand AND not spend any money to boot.

I’ll be documenting our progress on our zero spending project for the month and, at the end of the month, hopefully we’ll have Disney passes in our hands… and maybe give some helpful frugal tips along the way!


Our first five days on the challenge weren’t actually very challenging. We had leftovers on Saturday and a hearty breakfast of free range eggs and fried potatoes on Sunday. Monday night was a frozen pizza. And tonight… well, for tonight I haven’t quite decided what’s on the menu… I guess you’ll have to wait to find out tomorrow. 🙂


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