But to actually not buy or spend anything over a whole year. Is this actually doable? One such blog is Free our Kids. I actually think that this is more achievable when you are talking about a toddler (2 years old) and if you have a good network of friends and family who will hand clothes and toys down to you.
However, this would not work with my boys who are six and seven. Firstly they actually wear clothes out at this age rather than growing out of them.
They want to do activities that cost money, such as Beavers, Cubs and football. Yes they are not excessive in their cost, but they do add up. Beavers and Cubs are £30 per term and junior foot ball is £15 per month. Maxi is just moving up to Cubs and his uniform will cost me £30 and a five day camp will be £70.
School activities and events also add up. £5 for a bus to a museum or £70 for a school residential (which is only for one night and Maxi isn't doing as he is going to Cub Camp instead - his choice, as I said one or the other).
We are very much a mend and make do family. When things break we look in to repairing them rather than replacing them and I do try to shop second hand when possible. I menu plan, budget and try to instill the value of money in to my children.
To highlight my dilemma. Our spade snapped last year and we have been on the look out for a new to us one with no luck, so had to buy a new one for MadDad's car (pictured about with Mini). I wouldn't want him to be out in the snow without it. If we were in a no spend year then this wouldn't have been acceptable.
I know for a fact we could not go though a no spend year and I actually don't think I would want to. So what do you think, Is this just a gimmick and do you see them writing a book about their attempts? Or it is just that I am a cynic and far too soft?
I am not going to set myself unrealistic goals, or try to exploit my children. We are going to try and cut as many costs as we can and have fun whilst doing it.
I would love to know your thoughts...........