Well, we did it! My DH and I stuck to our "financial fast" and this weekend, it will officially come to an end. Good thing too, because I only have a few dollars left and we need groceries :)

I did learn something rather interesting about our family during this credit/debit-card free experiment. We eat a lot of fresh food. My fridge is nearly cleaned out but my pantry is still filled with rice mixes, tinned veg and soups. Before I really got into cooking, we use to eat a lot more rice, but times have changed. I definately prefer eating a fresher diet and enjoyed making leftovers interesting. What was last night's roast chicken will become tonights chicken soup and chicken stock. Instead of tossing that last bit of steak out that no one wanted, I saved it and made a steak salad for lunch the next day.

I'm no saint though; I did cheat a little. One of our rules was that we could not spend on any "wants," only "needs." But when a local bookstore was going out of business, and slashing prices to 60-80% off, I couldn't resist. I bought my little girl a few classics for under $5 and myself a nice large tome to while away the winter night hours, for $1.50.

DH and I are going to keep up this lifestyle, using cash more and credit less. It really helped us to watch what we spend and stop spending on "nice things" that we don't really need. I urge you to try it, even if it's only for a week. You'll notice a difference in your spending habits and in your checking account!

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Comment by Stacey Merrill (ArtSnark) on January 22, 2010 at 9:03am
Fascinating post & great idea.

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