No Buy July!

No Buy July

I first read about the concept of a no spend month a few years back on the blog Small Notebook.
The concept of a “no spend month” intrigued me.
But I never made it happen.

Life. Kids. Unwilling husband.
They all got in the way.

But the truth is… I didn’t want to do it.
After all, we work hard and save a lot. Why shouldn’t we spend what we want?

However, this July, the expenses are adding up: summer preschool, BlogHer, anniversary trip to Iceland. So it’s finally time for a new family tradition: No Buy July.

This month we’re committing to spending as little as possible.
There are things we can’t change like our mortgage payment, our gas bill (budget billing), our CSA, insurance payments, etc. But in every other area we will be trying to save money.

The challenge is to come out zero sum each week so if we want to go out, we have to make that up in some other way.


  • By returning all the items we didn’t really need
  • By selling the clothes outgrown and not being handed down
  • By weeding out the toys (both grown up and child) and sending them to better homes

I will be updating our progress each Monday!

Join us?


  1. That sounds amazing! We’ve been having trouble cutting back here too. I can’t wait to read about your progress and hopefully I can pick up some good advice! I have tons of clothing and cloth diapers to get rid of. Any suggestions on how and where to sell these?

    And I’m definately needing to pack up toys and send them to goodwill. Can’t wait to read more!

    • I had my best luck with getting rid of cloth diapers through cloth diaper sites or just tweeting out on twitter with the #clothdiaper hashtag. We also sold a lot through Craigslist. For clothes, I suggest a garage sale. You get the best return there. I also take items to Children’s Orchard when I am feeling lazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You picked the worst time to ask me this… I have been working so hard and saving so much and needing that retail therapy so badly. I don’t think I can do it this month (plus I still have to shop for clothes for BlogHer12). But it’s a great idea and an excellent post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s part of the reason I had to do it now! I usually go crazy buying stuff for BlogHer. Not this year!

  3. Lazy Susie says:

    Hmmm…a no buy July for me would mean no AC and a daughter continuing to walk around with her butt cheeks hanging out of her shorts. I think that I’ll buy those things. And some books. That should do me.

    • Why buy when we’ve got DBRL! But of course, I do like being the recipient of your hand me down books. Never mind, buy away!

  4. What a great idea! I’ll definitely be following along to see how it goes.

  5. I love this idea. And, uh, Iceland? Tell me more!

    • We’re going to Iceland after BlogHer. Tenth anniversary trip! And in other news, we are now broke. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Hi! Saw you on Twitter and am checking out your site. LOVE this post because my spending has been a bit chaotic lately too. And I love your idea is returning things you haven’t used. I did this No Restaurants in November challenge last year, proposed by a blog called Enemy of Debt, and it was so freeing! Imagine not buying any food at restaurants or buying lunch at work, but brown bagging every day and only buying food for a grocery store! I loved it. Somehow, I’ve lost my motivatiIon to do it again….but I’m gearing up!

    Oh, and I’m also considering BlogHer, but since I’m so late registering, I will be paying out the wazoo! Still… I wanna go.

    Anyhow, if you would so kindly check out my blog, as well, I would love that!

    You’re newest follower!

    Thrift Diving

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