Are you here after watching the news? Welcome! Glad you’re here.
No Spend Month is our family’s annual challenge to cut our spending down to the basic essentials. After paying our bills, we allow ourselves $250 for anything personal, which includes food, clothing, gas, coffee, and anything else our family wants during the month.
The reason we tried it in the first place was because I noticed I was gradually spending more time thinking about things that would be nice to have. There was always one more thing — and I didn’t want to be like that. I thought if I stopped spending for 31 days, then I could break that habit of trying to look for things that would “improve” our life.
I’ll be honest, a No Spend Month is really effective. I usually think a dollar won’t buy very much. It hardly covers a Dr Pepper at a restaurant or a trip down the tollway. But when you have to make every dollar count because you only have $40 for the week, then you learn how to be creative, and that new perspective stays with you.
Are you interested in trying it? Start by reading this:
We’ll have our 3rd Annual No Spend Month in July, and you’re welcome to join in with us. If July doesn’t work for you or you want to make the challenge different, that’s no problem! It’s not about the month or the budget; the goal is to be mindful about spending.
You might also want to check out:
- $30K to $0: How We Became Debt-Free in One Year
- Resisting the Desire to Acquire
- Add Grace to Your Budget
- 20 Pocket-Change Date Night Ideas
- Finding Contentment Where You Are Right Now
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I actually didn’t see the interview on TV, but CBS had a video of it online so I got to watch it after all. Watching yourself on TV? Yikes. But I should get used to it, because tonight (Wednesday) I’ll be on channel 21 and this time it’s live! (I think it will be at 7:30 p.m.)
P.S. We don’t have bikes, and at 25 weeks pregnant I don’t think Doug is going to let me ride on one. Too bad. It would have been fun. But not down the highway.