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  1. Oucchhh that mileage sucks! But hey, sometimes Mustachian advice doesn’t work for everyone. I’m taking the Frugalwoods’ Uber Frugal Month Challenge and we have totally bought discretionary items. I bought a $5 throw pillow and Mr. Picky Pincher bought a door mat. The door mat was arguably a need since we’ve been tracking mud into the house and spending more money on cleaning, but the pillow was pretty frivolous.

    We’re trying to save 60% of our income this month (up 10% from our usual 50%), and I think we can do it as long as we stay prepared and buy ONLY what we NEED.

    We’ll see how it looks at the end of the month. 🙂

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      Ha, I think it’s hilarious that your only discretionary item has been a throw pillow! 🙂 I would have made sure it was a vente caramel latte or something like that lol.
      All the best on the remainder of your Uber Frugal challenge, I look forward to hearing how it goes!

  2. Wow MMM, you are killing it! Good for you! I can see how the no spend thing gets derailed by the smallest things… just wanting a coffee, needing to go into a store. Planning ahead is the only way. But it can be the hardest thing.

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  3. A 70 mile commute! Ugh. Though in Bay Area traffic I have to say that a 26 mile commute sometimes feels like a 70 mile commute. Pinterest is seriously weird, congratulations on getting it to work for you. Also congratulations on BroGoLogo. You’ve had an interesting January so far!

  4. Thanks Mrs. Bita! Regarding the commute, the only thing that bothers me is the fuel costs. I do drive a small, fuel efficient car but it still adds up. The drive itself is all highway, zero lights or traffic, so I view it as my downtime, time to come up with solutions to all the worlds problems lol. 🙂

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  5. Man, I’m trying to crack the Pinterest nut right now … I know it’s a great site if you can get the hang of it, but success has been elusive to me thus far.

    Congrats on your no spend January and a HUGE thanks once again on the logo. I love it! BroGoLogo is amazing!

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      Hey Ty, yeah, my ‘mini-viral’ pin (relatively speaking) appears to definitely be a one-off, but it was an eye opener to the kind of traffic that Pinterest can drive. It certainly has me motivated to spend more time working on it!

  6. Great job on the No Spend Month so far! Awesome that you are brown bagging it and taking a thermos. We have this excellent thermos (1 liter) that will more than get us through a whole day when we’re traveling (and it keeps us out of the starbucks drive thru).

    This week a friend texted me and asked me to go to the store with her – I told her I was doing a no spend challenge. She’s said – oh, I’m not spending, just looking. WHY? Why is she going to the store just to “look”? Anyway – I did spend money this week – a very intentional choice that allowed me to spend 2 hours with my teenagers on Wednesday afternoon. No way am I passing that up – I’ll share it in a couple of days in my update.

    Congrats on the pin doing well! Pinterest works well for me…it’s about 80-85% of my blog traffic. I’ve had a couple of pins go viral – the two that did the best were no spend “lists”.

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      Thanks Amanda, and I agree with you, there are things that are worth spending money on at anytime! I actually noticed your viral Pin, way more viral than mine lol. You may receive an email looking for a few tips! 🙂

  7. Sometimes the only way to do it is to live a simple life. Brown bagging it doesn’t sound exciting or glamourous it beat getting out of control with debt and …. Weight.

    As far as the Pinterest thing goes. Formulas work but nine times out of ten it still is mostly luck.

    I enjoyed the post, got here from Twitter.

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  8. Great blog! Just found you for the first time. I’m really interested in your success with Pinterest. I’ve spent a couple of weeks trying to build some momentum there and have yet to meet one visitor our repin. It’s a little discouraging.

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      Thanks so much Mike! I have to say, aside from my out of nowhere ‘viral’ pin, I’m still just getting off the ground myself. Like everything else, I figure that a relentless focus will win the day in the long run. 🙂 I checked out your blog by the way, love it. And I enjoyed your most recent article, great stuff!

  9. We always go on a “spending fast” in January – it happens pretty naturally as everyone settles in after the holidays. We just use January to reset and refresh. Congrats on the Pinterest success. That is something I have yet to attempt. Seems so daunting to start. 🙂

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    Thanks for reading Maggie! I agree, the time of year is making it a bit easier. The tricky part for me is extending it to the end of the month. I have to say though, it feels as though it’s the beginning of a whole new level of frugality, I’m thinking of ways to carry it forward in subsequent months. 🙂

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      Thanks MC! I’ve got 9 days left, and I still haven’t spent a penny (discretionary spending, that is), although our overall spending is down significantly as well. As for the Pinterest pic, are you referring to the 30 Kick-A$$ ways Pin? If so, I created it (and ALL of my Pinterest images) using PicMonkey. I use overlay features to create the different backgrounds before placing the text on top. Still experimenting with different looks/feels though. I’ve been wanting to do a PicMonkey review, and will one day soon, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. It’s a great app!

  12. Way to start 2017! Cooking at home and brown-bagging it (or just regular plastic-bagging for us Europeans!) can make a massive difference when you’re trying to save. I always find that my food budget more than halves if I stop eating out and just cook at home – even if I cook fancy stuff like steak 😉

    Great news on the Pinterest success as well! Getting good at it is one of my top goals for the next few months – so far I’ve had promising results, so I hope I can scale it up and get lucky with a couple of post going viral.

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      Thanks Ricard! The brown bagging, make that “eco-friendly reusable lunch bagging” has certainly helped to kick start the budget for the year! I’ll be sure to head over to Pinterest and follow your boards! 🙂

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