So, I have been hit with an idea! A New Year’s resolution of sorts!
How could my life, and the lives of others, change if we were to challenge ourselves to 23 days of frugal living?
I consider myself, my husband, and my children to be fairly frugal people, and sometimes I admit we take it too far; for example, our couch has a hole in it and we still refuse to buy a new one, I used my old running shoes until the soles were bare, and our truck has 140,000+ miles on it but he still runs like a charm.
In no way am I recommending this to others. Nor am I saying that you have to live with holes in your furniture! However, I will suggest that there are many other ways to scale back spending and live a more frugal lifestyle.
Join me in a 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge!
Why attempt a frugal living challenge?
- First, because living frugally allows for you to spend less than you earn. And the benefits from this are endless. You can use the difference to: get caught up on late payments, pay off debt, save, and potentially invest.
- Second, because the less you spend, the less is required for you to earn. The benefits of this one mean: you and/or your spouse have the potential to work less, you obtain freedom from a wage, you may have the opportunity to pursue your true passions, and you may be able to retire early.
Frugal living is not suppressive! Quite the opposite, it means breaking free of the chains that bind us to unfulfilled lives.
It means spending more time with the people that mean the most. It’s having conversations, reading for leisure, growing in knowledge, enjoying nature, doing things that you think are fun, exercising, being a slave to no one, and focusing on what truly is important. The good life is waiting!
So…together let’s see how many people we can get to commit to living frugally for 23 days!
We could change the tide of society! Or, at least encourage each other along the journey. Obviously, there is a broad array of things that could happen!
The Ground Rules:
You are not committing to the implementation of all 23 ideas for living frugally. I should admit that I do most, but not all, of the tips that will be recommended and discussed. My commitment to you is to be honest with you as we move along.
I ask no more from you that I ask of myself.
- Simply commit to the process and to openness.
- Subscribe to Frugally Sustainable by email so you are sure not to miss a single post during the Challenge.
- Read how this will work and go join the forum!
Be willing to change, take baby steps, or jump on the path of frugality for the first time! Where ever you are on the journey, don’t be afraid to join in. We will challenge ourselves to:
- Redefine “enough”
- Learn how to use a 30-day list
- Stop the impulse buys
- Grow a garden
- Cook ahead
- And much more…
Let’s do this!
Make an early New Year’s resolution and commit yourself to the challenge of living frugally for 23 days starting Friday January 6, 2012 by signing your name below.
What an awesome way to start out a new year!
If the entire 23 days is too much of a commitment for you, that’s totally okay. Maybe you can commit for 4-5 days or only just one? Show your support by signing the pledge anyway!
Whatever your commitment level, even if it’s for only for a day please sign the pledge, and let’s discover together how living frugally can change us, our families, our communities, and our world.
Note: The Challenge pledge is now closed. We have completed all 23 days! If you’d like to read through the information shared, please see the collection of posts from the Challenge provided below.
Update: Due to the overwhelming response, this post is unable to maintain the entire list of people who have committed to the 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge. Instead, a total tally of pledge signers has been provided and updated!
…individuals made a commitment and participated in our first 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge!
23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Posts
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 23: Finding Freedom
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 22: 23 Tips that are Guaranteed to Save You Money!
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 21: The Process of Converting Your Spouse
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 20: It’s Time for a Giveaways ~ Track Your Spending With PearBudget
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 19: Living the Good Life…No Matter What the Checkbook Says
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 18: How to Stick to a Budget
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 17: Redefining Our Wants vs. Our Needs
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 16: Frugal Out of Necessity
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 15: Learn to Share and Barter
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 14: Starting Your Own Urban Garden
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 13: Growing Your Own Herbs
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 12: Raising Frugal Children
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 11: Going Car-lite
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 10: How To Stop Spending Money Trying To Impress Other People
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 9: The 30-Day List
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 8: Learn to Control Impulse Spending
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 7: Clutter Free Living ~ An Interview with Courtney Carver
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 6: Frugality, Health, and Happiness
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 5: 50 Tips for Slashing Your Grocery Bill
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 4: Reducing Household Bills
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 3: Dowsizing Your Home
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 2: How To Develop The Frugal Living Habit
- 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge Day 1: Redefining Frugality
I live in Arizona and was wondering what kind of vegetables people are planting this time of year. We have tried to do a garden but failed horribly. Any advice would be awesome.
Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable says
@Nancy I'll email you:) We are now growing tomatoes (started back in Sept), swiss chard, eggplant, strawberries, various greens, kale, sugar snap peas, green beans, celery, garlic, various herbs (parsley, cilantro, chives, oregano, etc).
Best of luck and thank you for joining the Frugal Tuesday Tip this week http://juliecache.com/2011/11/28/frugal-tuesday-tip-accessorize-for-free/.html
would love to do this, but I can't until I get back home. 🙁
Thrifty Homemaker says
This is a great idea. I have shared it with others on my blog and facebook.
Great idea, How can I participate?
Great Idea – count me in !
Oh how I need to rein in some impulse spending… I’m in.
Ok Landshark says
Can’t wait for the fun to begin!
Ok Landshark says
Can’t wait for the fun to begin!!
woo hoo, lets get frugal!
Excited for some intentional frugal living. This challenge is just what I need.
fantastic idea! looking forward to the bits of advice on how to make do!
This is wonderful! I am excited!
Poor to Rich a Day at a Time says
Love this challenge and your blog here! Looking forward to joinin in if I am not too late 🙂
Marsha Cooper says
I found your blog though a lens on homesteading. Oh I wish I had found it in time to participate! I will be checking all the posts you did during the challenge, and I am now following you by email too.
I live in an apartment…there is no way I can grow a garden….
Barb, you can grow all sorts of veggies in containers in your apt, esp if you have a small patio or deck!! You can do it!1
Kristine McAllister says
Any possibilities of you doing this again in the next month or two? Was thinking it would be a great time of year since the holidays are approaching fast!