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January Spending Strike Challenge – Join us!

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January Spending Strike Challenge

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I am really excited to tell you about an “adventure” I am embarking on with Kelli from The Sustainable Couple – a January Spending Strike. Doesn’t that just sound all official? 

I have done spending challenges in the past. Two years ago, when my daughter Sara was in her first spica cast, I quit spending money in January to save for our vacation to Florida after she came out of her cast, and last year I participated in an Eat from the Pantry Challenge as well. 

This year, I am excited to participate with Kelli in the Spending Strike Challenge. I ALWAYS need a break after the spending spree that I go on in December. We give and get so many wonderful things during the holiday season that I really don’t need to spend much in January. But there’s got to be some motivation and an official “challenge” to really motivate me! 🙂

Now, Kelli is taking this Spending Strike to the extreme. She vows to spend NO money whatsoever in January- and even has a plan to spend nothing on a vacation she’s taking {admittedly it’s pre-paid, but still!} !! Kelli will blog about her successes and challenges daily and you can read about her plan here.

I am not going that extreme. I still have to pay for piano lessons for my kids. I am going to buy toilet paper if I run out – although I did stock WAY UP last week…in part because I am trying to be very prepared for life after my daughter’s hip surgery next week. And I am going to buy some groceries. {And likely wine because I DO NOT want to go insane…} And I will order my garden seeds… Uh oh. The list is starting to get long…

BUT – with the spending strike – I plan to really limit my spending. I am going to work hard to buy only fresh fruit, veggies, eggs, and dairy products during January. I will continue to bake all of our bread – and bake our snacks instead of relying on the few pre-made items I sometimes buy. I will use up meat out of our freezer and focus on meals I already have prepared and frozen. 

Honestly, the spending strike won’t be that much different from normal life for me because I just don’t spend that much on a daily basis. I do vow not to head to Jimmy John’s for our weekly lunch outing and I will keep out of GoodWill in January. I will also have to stay off Amazon. Otherwise, it will be life as normal for me. Or so I think right now…

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You can look forward to reading about the following topics from me during this Spending Strike:

  • Minimizing food waste
  • Eating from the pantry & freezer
  • Entertaining my kids for free
  • Possibly eating out once or twice for free or next to nothing… {well, using gift cards or other creative money saving tips for eating out…}
  • I’ll also have a guest post from Ally of Sweet & Savory Eats and maybe even a giveaway… 

Why are we doing this Spending Strike you may ask? Well, we want to encourage you to take a long, hard look at your own spending habits! It’s our hope that we might be able to encourage one or two {or more…} of you to make positive changes on your own budget!  So please join us! If you are a blogger – come back on January 3, and every Friday in January thereafter, to link up your own posts about your Spending Strike! And if you’re not a blogger, share your ups and downs in the comments.

To get started – grab a copy of The Spending Strikeblank. You can buy the ebook to download to your phone or grab a free copy at the library! There’s also The Spending Strike Workbookblank if you really want to dig into the nitty gritty. 

Follow me and Kelli on facebook and form your own plan to spend less money in January!! That’s it. That’s all you have to do!

So, tell me. Will you join us for the January Spending Strike? You get to make up your own rules on what the Strike means for you. So what are you out? 😉 Please join us!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankCara Ivey says

    Michelle I am SOOOOO tempted to join you in this challenge!! I still have a couple of weeks to prepare myself. We have some huge saving goals that need to be met…. Eeek! I think we might be able to do it!

  2. blankHoney Rowland says

    Hmmm…I think I should join you. I have noticed…well…my lover “mentioned” how many coffees and teas I have gotten lately. We have a plan to be debt free in 5 years which means the house is paid off. I’m trying for 3 years and not spending money for 31 days would be good for our wallets and my waist line.


  3. blanktatanisha w says

    Hey Michelle,

    I was just talking about doing something similar like this a few weeks ago and blogging about it. I will definitely have to keep up with you guys on this. I just downloaded the book and plan to read it this weekend (if time permits). I don’t think I will not spend anything, but I do plan to cut WAY back for January and Feb to get caught up on spending some much during Christmas/birthdays. Thanks!

  4. blankCarole M. says

    I like the idea, but for stuff outside of standard budget matters (I assume you still pay bills and mortgage and stuff). Actually as we speak I’m revamping my grocery list for the week. I was going to do a 2 week shop but it’s non budget friendly, so that will have to wait.

  5. blankPam Donica says

    With all the money saved from not spending (which I don’t normally do anyway), I do plan to also participate in the 52-week money saving challenge. I love having emergency stock in the bank. It may only seem little by little sometimes, but as I’ve shared with my own girls, it’s worth the sacrifice! Good luck to all who embark on this journey! 🙂

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