We’re a week into our September No-Spend Month Challenge! I hope it’s going as well for you as it’s going for us. If you’re struggling, don’t beat yourself up! Feel free to make adjustments to your rules if you need to. Of course your no-spend challenge is supposed to be a challenge, but it still needs to be do-able and something that you’re excited about. Feel free to share your experience (and encourage others) in the comments!
When I told Mr. SixFiguresUnder I was going to post every weekday in September, I explained my plan was to have Tuesday and Thursday posts directly related to the no-spend challenge with normal Monday, Wednesday and Friday posts. When I told him we would have a check-in each Tuesday, he wondered what it could say. Since our goal is to not do something, if we’re doing well, what would there be to talk about?
He had a point. It would be pretty boring to just announce that the challenge is going as planned and we have nothing to report.
Fortunately we have plenty of other things to talk about. Here are some ideas:
How did you do? Did you follow your rules?
What were your biggest temptations?
What have you learned so far?
What are you going to do differently next week?
What ways did you save money this week?
I’ll go first:
In some ways I feel like I have an unfair advantage when it comes to no-spend months. While living in the boonies has some drawbacks (have you seen our gas budget?!), there are some definite benefits when it comes to cutting down your spending. Of course I could make online purchases, but it’s easy to stay away from the actual temptation of going to the store.
That being said, I actually did go into several stores this week. The one exception I included in our no-spend rules was that I would be buying running shoes for my oldest. While our van in the shop I walked with my younger two to several stores nearby. Since my oldest wasn’t with us, I bought seven pairs of shoes to bring home and let her try on. I will be bringing six pairs back to the store the next time I’m in town.
While I was in the store, I have to admit that it was hard to not look around. Really hard. I didn’t let myself look though, because I was afraid I would find something great.
Another habit I had to break was looking at deal emails. I am not even letting myself open them as I know that they would be a temptation. Whatever great deal with free shipping is going on is something I can do without. By not opening the emails, I don’t know what I’m missing and that works best for me.
How Did You Do?
In the comments, feel free to share how you did this week by answering any or all of the questions above.