Jocelyn’s Jottings: No-spend November-Challenge accepted

After years of looking at the bottom line and crumpling up my optimistic budget every month, I’m pushing reset.

This month my friend and I are doing “no-spend November.”

Basically, we pay bills and that’s it. No gas. No eating out. No groceries. Nothing.

The goal is to save money and pay off some debt, but I’m also taking the opportunity to fall in love with cooking again and change the way I think about spending.

I’m confident I can last this month. My friend has it way harder. She can’t spend money on cigarettes.

As you can imagine, this endeavour has taken a fair bit of preparation.

I sat down at the end of October and made a meal plan of sorts.

It involved root vegetables that last more than a week as well as frozen veggies, soups and other dishes that you can use wilting vegetables in as well as a huge block of cheese for sandwiches and a case of tomato soup, because you can add anything to that and it will be good.

It was similar to how I usually attempt a meal plan, but with higher stakes.

I don’t want to get sick from not eating well and I also have no back up plan for when I’m feeling too lazy to cook.

I also attempted to purchase other household necessities, such as soap and toilet paper before Nov. 1.

I’m a little worried, however, as there is no way to know what will come up.

What I’m most worried about is my social life. I do have tickets for a few upcoming events that I previously purchased.

But there will be no popcorn at the movies and no cocktails at the events.

I will have to get creative and find free things to do, like board game night and dog walks.

It takes something like this to realize how much socializing I do over food or with alcohol in my hand.

This is also an opportunity to change other things, like how much I dislike doing dishes. No excuses now. I need them to cook the next meal!

Maybe I’ll also break out the ukulele as well. It’s been sitting unplayed for quite some time.

I am also going to work through the unread books on my shelf.

With no money to spend and no places to go, and 5 p.m. darkness, I have lots of time on my hands.

Is four weeks enough to create new habits? Or will I go straight back to my old ways of spending and restaurants when I’m through?

I’ll let you know.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Revelstoke celebrates Remembrance Day

The Revelstoke Legion hosted the annual Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. Hundreds… Continue reading

Grizzlies match Princeton Posse 2-2 after double overtime

Their next home game will be Nov. 29 against Sicamous

Commit to living in peace this Remembrance Day: Revelstoke Mayor

This Remembrance Day we acknowledge the 101st year since the end of… Continue reading

Looking back at Revelstoke after WWI

Cathy English Revelstoke Museum & Archives Every year on Nov. 11, people… Continue reading

Jocelyn’s Jottings: No-spend November-Challenge accepted

After years of looking at the bottom line and crumpling up my… Continue reading

VIDEO: Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

It was the second protester shot since the demonstrations began in early June

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets

It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off

Conservatives’ Scheer wants Trudeau to open Parliament Nov. 25

That’s five days after Justin Trudeau is scheduled to swear in a new cabinet

Coquihalla, Okanagan Connector drivers cautioned due to freezing rain

Special weather statement in effect for highways between Hope, Merritt, Kamloops and Kelowna

Summerland council considers change to meeting schedule

Proposal calls for afternoon session and 6 p.m. evening session for regular meetings

Last remaining Centurion tank from the Korean War makes its journey ‘home’ to B.C.

Tank arrives in B.C. the day before Remembrance Day after a more than 4,500-kilometre transfer

‘Your vehicle burns a lot of fuel:’ Victoria drivers wake up to angry notes

‘This handbill was left on your vehicle because your vehicle burns a lot of fuel,’ notes read

Most Read