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Monday, January 4, 2010

1 of 52 and My First No-Spend Week

One of my projects for 2010 is to be in more pictures.  I avoid having my picture taken sometimes and know that it's good for my family to have me in photos to look back on.  So, I've started the 52 Weeks challenge.

Here I am (on the left) with one of my BFF's, Ginger.  Last night we went to John and Ginger's for a wonderful dinner (more on that later today).  Ginger is an amazing person.  Not only is she a loving mom and wife and fantastic at her job, she's inspiring to everyone.  This year Ginger is training to run her first marathon.  Her optimism and good-natured spirit are contagious, which is good because I'm working on this in 2010.

Bonnie and Ginger, January 2010

Last night also ended my first No Spend Week.  The goal that I've set for myself is to think about the discretionary spending that I can shift.  The last 7 days the goal was not to spend above and beyond groceries.  I tallied what I did spend and it was $81.  Hmm.  Not exactly a "no spend" week, but I definitely learned some things about myself.  80% of the spending was on eating out.  I could have easily avoided all of the money I spent this past week but forgot many times of this project until I had to jot it down later.  But, the $81 was definitely less than I would have spent discretionarily if I hadn't been on this plan, so it's a start.


Anna said...

I avoid being in pictures too, or hide behind the kids when I am. Great job with your "no spend" week. Just to spend that on groceries is great.

Carin said...

I must have missed your link, sorry about that. Great picture and I'm glad you are joining the challenge.

Carin said...

How great to have such a close friendship. A marathon? I wonder if she could inspire me!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the challenge! There is nothing better than having good friends.

Robyn said...

Good friends are just the best!

Erin said...

This is my first week, too, so obviously I'm in good company. I did a no spend challenge for myself last February and learned so much about how I was spending money. While I "failed", I truly succeeded in the long run and it was well worth the effort.

Marice said...

two lovely ladies! welcome to the challenge! glad you have joined us. that No Spend week looks interesting! I think I must try that ;)

u may view mine here

chubskulit said...

What a sweet picture of the two of you. Following your blog now dear.

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☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Welcome to the FUN!!!
You both look Lovely!!
Have an AWESOME☺Thursday!