I read an article on The Dough Roller’s blog here by Cait Flanders about not spending for an entire year. Of course, her goals and reasoning were different from mine, but nonetheless, I am really excited to try a “no spending challenge.” I am going to try to not spend for the next 3 months. I have been on a bad spending bender since Black Friday and I feel this is just the change I need to kick me back into normalcy when the 3 months are up.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to starve or not spend a penny for 3 months. I’m just not going to spend frivolously. Here are the following rules I am going to follow for the next 3 months (hopefully…):
- There are no restrictions on food – as in groceries, eating out (a few times a week not going overboard), and meal services. I just ordered HelloFresh with a crazy discount and kind of want to try other meal services as it’s hard for me to come up with vegetarian dishes since no one (I mean NO ONE) in my family is a vegetarian and I didn’t grow up vegetarian. They have such unique recipes that I never would have found or made without the convenience of the ingredients being delivered to my door with a recipe. So I’m not willing to part with trying meal services, I just won’t be ordering them every week.
- There are no restrictions on vacations – I have 2 upcoming vacations (if they work out) and a destination wedding to attend. Vacations are time to relax period.
- I can spend money at the beauty convention I bought a ticket for – my friend Breanna and I bought tickets to Gen Beauty and this is our second time going. My favorite moisturizer with SPF in it will be available there for 50% off. That is the lowest I have ever seen it; therefore, I will be buying a crap ton of moisturizer… and a few other items. Most of the items are free with the purchase of the ticket, so I’ll be capping my spending at a reasonable amount.
- I can replace necessities – if my sunscreen or body wash runs out, I’ll be buying more because it is necessary. Gas will also be unlimited 🙂 I think this is fairly self explanatory.
While these are not all of the exceptions I will be making, it is most of them. Some things that I will NOT be spending money on include:
- Clothes – especially running clothes – I have been donating clothes like crazy for the past 2 years and still have too many and too many attachment issues. I definitely won’t be buying any new clothes.
- Makeup – again, only if it is not a necessity – so no more going on Youtube and getting suckered into buying the latest eyeshadow palette that is a MUST HAVE when I already own 1,000,000,000,000 and use like 2 of them.
- Items for Iceland – I have a weird obsession with going to Iceland (I better get to go this year since last year didn’t work out!) and I justify buying stuff for the trip ALL OF THE FREAKING TIME! I almost bought a pair of 8.5 boots from Marshall’s this last weekend because I only have 1 pair of boots and a Pinterest picture of items you need displayed 2 pairs of boots. RIDICULOUS! I don’t even know if they were my size or if they were waterproof or even water resistant. It’s a bad illness people… a bad illness.
- 4. Candles – I bought a billion over winter break that were being clearanced… I think I have enough to last me all of 2018.
- 5. Books – I already get my books from the library so it won’t be very hard for me to continue doing that. I’m just not going to allow myself to put any on hold for a fee.
- 6. Theaters – no going out to movie theaters as they are WAAAY over priced anyway.
Anyway, I am inspired to save money! My online savings account now gives 1.4% interest a month and I’m dying to rack up some more free money via interest 😉 I hope I inspire some of you to go on a no spending streak as well! It could be just a month, after all 🙂
What do you spend way too much money on?
Have you ever tried a “no spending” time period?