30 Days No Spending Challenge for Girls Who Need a Financial Boost ...

By Melissa

30 Days No Spending  Challenge for Girls Who Need a Financial Boost  ...

Recently I went a full 30 days without spending any money. Well, okay, I did buy groceries and regular house supplies like toilet paper and soap, but all my extra spending was cut out. I didn’t allow myself to eat out or buy new shoes just because. Through this journey, I learned many things and I think you should give it a try too.

Table of contents:

  1. it’s hard
  2. need vs. want
  3. finding a better deal
  4. creativity
  5. no eating out
  6. presents
  7. money in the bank

1 It’s Hard

Wow! I was so surprised how hard it would be to not spend more. The urge to shop is strong. I am sure many of you can relate to that comforting feeling that comes with buying a new lipstick or pair of shoes. It’s an urge that is difficult to fight.

2 Need Vs. Want

By not allowing myself to spend money for 30 days I was able to evaluate my needs versus my wants. I may have really wanted a new pair of shoes before going on vacation, but the question was, did I really need them? Turns out I didn’t. Last year’s sandals are still super cute and in good shape.

3 Finding a Better Deal

While I didn’t spend, I did still shop. That’s crazy, right? Why would I put myself through the temptation and torture? What I noticed is that by not buying right away, I was able to find a better deal for later on when I am able to make purchases.

4 Creativity

Not only did I want new shoes for vacation, I also wanted some new outfits. Since I couldn’t spend any money, I had to look at my current wardrobe with fresh eyes. In the end, I turned to Pinterest for some good ideas on upcycling old shirts.

5 No Eating out

This was another hard one. We all like a good meal that we don’t have to cook, right? I had a couple of friends who knew I was doing this challenge so together we planned a few family dinners at each other’s houses. It’s a great way to get that restaurant feel and socialization with your friends and family.

6 Presents

While I was going to make an exception and buy a new gift for my daughter to take to a friend’s birthday, she insisted that we make something. I was surprised by this but decided to embrace her support and cleverness. My daughter created a memory scrapbook by printing off pictures at home and using some materials we already had. By the way, her friend loved the book of memories.

7 Money in the Bank

I am a little embarrassed to say that after the challenge, it was amazing how much money we had left over. I can’t believe how much we spend on frivolous things with nothing to show at the end of the month. Now we have extra money in savings and a little more to spend on vacation.

All in all, this was an awesome experience and has really taught me a lot about my spending habits. By the second week, it was much easier to not jump at the impulse to spend and come up with an alternative solution. I will be doing this again soon, how about you?

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