How to survive No-Spend-Month (or at least 2 weeks of it):
Do not go shopping. Send The Husband to the Grocery Store, with a list, and perhaps some threats.
Do not do much leaving of the house. It helps if you’ve been feeling generally crappy (I have) and have to work too much (ding, ding).
Day dream about restaurant meals you will have in T-Minus 17 days. To the point of planning a weekend of Thai, Cuban Sandwiches, Burgers, and Japanese. Maybe not in that order, but the order will be oh so important.
Fully engage your inner Scrooge McDuck, maximizing the pleasure taken in the money going into your coffers. Laughing maniacally might help. Never mind that it was your money to begin with.
“Free” food, onions from neighbor and the first of our very own parsnips certainly won’t hurt, but isn’t strictly required.
Most importantly, constantly remind yourself that it is No-Spend Month. There are no ‘extras’, no miscellaneous. Only the usual suspects will exist during this month of anti-spend. If its not gas, groceries, dogs, or our meager entertainment budget, I don’t want anything to do with it. Even those acceptable categories, I’m on limited speaking terms with.