A 12-year-old mom has revealed how she saves hundreds of dollars by taking part in a simple “no spend” challenge.
Super saver Courtney Rogers, 38, has pledged to spend the entire month of January on everything but the bare necessities for her brood.
The mother, from New Mexico, USA, is only allowed to do basic shopping and has banned all luxuries to keep her post-holiday spending low.
Courtney and her husband, Chris, 38, became a true ‘Cheaper by The Dozen’ family after their youngest, Cambria, was born nine months ago.
With such a large family to feed, the parents are adamant about ruling it out this month – enforcing a strict ban on unnecessary spending.
“The idea is a post-holiday spending freeze,” Courtney told NeedToKnow.Online.
“It’s not about dining out or takeout.
“You actually just buy all the groceries that you don’t have at home.
“There are no movie rentals or signups for new streaming services.
“Buying clothes is also a no.
“There are no outings that cost money and no nice purchases are allowed, such as toys and home decoration.
“The exception is any emergency that may arise.”
Courtney and her pastor husband live on a 5 acre farm with their children, Clint, 12, Clay, 11, Cade, 10, Callie, 9, Cash, 8, Colt and Case, 7, Calena, 5, Caydie, 4 , Caralee, 3, Caris, 2, and baby Cambria.
The giant family also shares their home with more than 200 farm animals, including pigs, sheep and chickens.
During her spending-free weeks, Courtney imposes a ban on her spending except for bare necessities, such as minimal groceries.
That said, the mother of 12 admits her family can handle six loaves of bread a week and 80 liters of milk.
She added: “My goal is to do one big shop a week, but we usually have at least one more quick stop for more milk, bread and fresh produce.
“This month I’m trying to think of 31 different evening meals.
“That includes ‘meatless Monday’ meals and using our farm’s eggs and pork.
Courtney says the holidays are an expensive time in her household and her no spend January plan is a great way to replenish her finances.
She said: “Christmas this year was pretty busy. We had just returned from a three and a half week holiday visiting family and the beach.
“We also replaced the floors in our living areas. Nevertheless, we still had a good time.
“We had budgeted about $100 per child for their presents. This did not include their stockings, new pajamas and new church clothes.
“We had a traditional ham dinner on Christmas Eve and invited widowers and lonely people to join us.
Our Christmas Day meal was Mexican food with our homemade tamales.
Since becoming a mother, Courtney has only spent seven months of her life without being pregnant.
As a mother of 12 children, she must carefully plan her time to take care of the cute gang.
She added: “A typical day is breakfast and school starts around 8am.
“We continue with school until about 11 a.m. and then take a break to clean up and have lunch.
“After lunch, the small children take a nap and the rest can rest.
“Once naps are over, we finish school, do pet chores, and prepare dinner.
“The rest of the day is mostly free time and tidying up the house. We try to get the kids to bed around 8pm or 8:30pm.
“The babies go to sleep and the older children quietly do something or read in their room.”
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