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Old 02-07-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Some have heard of “frugal Fridays,” but the Dunning family in Davis, Calif., is practicing “frugal February.”

“Since my pockets were empty, it was not a real hard decision to make,” writer Bob Dunning said.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business...ney-for-month/
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Parkridge, East Knoxville, TN
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thats awesome. I bet they have a great experience.

I'm doing somewhat of the same thing, but waaaaay less. I'm trying to stay under my mint budget for the first time ever. Frugal February for me is <$1000. A family of 6 spending nothing is pretty radical though
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Ka-nah-da
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I'm sorry I'm not that impressed, these people have a lot of toys and they stocked up on food like mad. If I stocked up like that I'd have a no spend month too. I'm wondering about bills though are they not going to pay them or did they just over pay them the previous month? Looks like they just doubled their spending in January so that they don't spend anything in February, doesn't look like any real savings here.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I'm sorry I'm not that impressed, these people have a lot of toys and they stocked up on food like mad. If I stocked up like that I'd have a no spend month too. I'm wondering about bills though are they not going to pay them or did they just over pay them the previous month? Looks like they just doubled their spending in January so that they don't spend anything in February, doesn't look like any real savings here.
Yeah, where is the real savings? Did they make sure the stuff they bought on Jan 31 was bought at the lowest possible price?

I haven't been grocery shopping for the past 3 weeks because there have not been any good sales running. Before that I had a few weeks of serious stocking up on loss leader sales, spent maybe $300. The freezers, pantry, and closet is stocked with food bought cheaply. We have been eating out of that for the past few weeks. I won't shop again until something I can use is offered at a rock bottom price. May be a few more weeks....
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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is not impressed. what would impress me is if the goverment could do that
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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Plus, if you read the details of the article, it doesn't say they aren't spending ANY money for the month, just no unnecessary money. They specifically said that they are cutting out things like coffee and movie tickets.

Many people do that every month, anyway, so this isn't really news worthy, imo. It isn't about a lifestyle change, it is just one family saying "let's be LESS wasteful this month".
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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It says this will save them $1500 - $2000 for the month - THIS is a family with a LOT of disposable income. Holy Cow, I don't make that in a month! They also said they overspent at the holidays. That was only a month and a half ago. Overall, I am not impressed. They do not appear to be struggling and they bought a lot at the holidays.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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Come on folks! Really? You can't give this family credit for departing from their norm? You're only being frugal if you lead a life of total deprivation? I applaud their effort. Spending $1,500 to $2,000 less than they usually spend is going to hurt. I just read in the "Frugal Virgin" thread where someone advised the poster to start small and not try to do too much. Who knows, this may be the beginning of a new lifestyle, and others may be inspired by their efforts, whereas they would be discouraged if they went to the extreme.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I'm sorry I'm not that impressed, these people have a lot of toys and they stocked up on food like mad. If I stocked up like that I'd have a no spend month too. I'm wondering about bills though are they not going to pay them or did they just over pay them the previous month? Looks like they just doubled their spending in January so that they don't spend anything in February, doesn't look like any real savings here.
This reminds me of those occasional emails that you get requesting not to buy gas on such and such date and if everybody follows the request the gas/oil companies will find out how strong/united we are and will think twice about raising prices, yadda, yadda.... Okay, so fill up your tank the day before and then you can feel good about not buying gas on such and such date.....
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Ka-nah-da
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is not impressed. what would impress me is if the goverment could do that
you're dreaming
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