No-Spend November

Happy First Monday in November! We’re running a challenge from our Hail Marry Hangout Facebook group this month designed to help you struggle less with the trappings of money in advance of Advent.

If you’ve been a reader for awhile, you know that we did something similar this past Lent.

What Is It?

A No-Spend month is exactly as it sounds, with a caveat. It isn’t talking about shirking all responsibility to pay bills. It’s about freezing all unnecessary and discretionary spending. 

Essentially, you will pay only your bills and what you decide is a line item for this month’s budget. I mentioned in Friday’s podcast that were moving, so we have some moving expenses as a line item. We’re already done Christmas shopping, so that isn’t on there for me, but it is for some of the ladies in the challenge group.


This looks different for everyone. We all have our reasons and shared them (as well as potential pitfalls) in our group.

We just started Week 2 today, so you can still join us if you’d like! We’d love to have you. You can join us here on Facebook.

If the timing is just terrible for you right now, being so close to the holidays, we get it. We anticipate running another No-Spend Lent challenge as well, if you want to plan ahead!

In the comments, let us know what your why for a spending freeze is or…head on over to the group and tell us there! 

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We’re Kristi & Rachel: best friends married to two awesome guys that we met on Catholic Match.


  1. tojesussincerely | 6th Nov 17

    Oh! I didn’t realize you could budget in things like Christmas shopping ahead of time. I’ve never actually done a no-spend November before. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    • Hail Marry Blog | 6th Nov 17

      Yes! I’m sure that in the strictest observance you don’t do that, but I need to because I’m a planner with a need to account for all possible contingencies. We’re a bit stricter during Lent, but this one is mostly a reset for us. ♡

  2. Chloe Langr | 8th Nov 17

    Wow! I love how much this encourages intentionality for Advent and Christmas preparations! Thanks for putting this together!

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