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Are you on a month long spending freeze? A spend zero challenge?
Are you planning or doing a no spend month, a no spend week, a no spend weekend or a no spend day? If you are I have an amazing list of 10 things that will help you get through.
What is a spending freeze or a spend zero challenge?
It is exactly as it sounds you set a goal to spend zero dollars during a specific time period. You can read more about a similar challenge in 31 Days of Living Well and Spending Zero . You do allow for bill payments, gas/transportation, emergencies and small grocery purchases such as perishables during your month long spending freeze.
You cut all the rest out. No more coffee runs, no more shopping trips, no movies and dinner out on the weekends. The purpose of the spending freeze is to create more awareness in the way you spend money and to save money. During the spending freeze you will learn to live with less, make do with what you have and enjoy the simple things.
Is a spending freeze hard?
Do you shop a lot? If you answered yes than you may find a spending freeze hard, but all things worth working towards are hard at first. The spend zero challenge may be hard but you will gain so much in the challenge. You may even make or save some money during the challenge.
10 Amazing Things That Will Help You Get Through A Spending Freeze:
- Faith in your no spend goal
- Family participation
- A well stocked pantry
- Fun no spend activities
- A great meal plan
- A budget
- Home projects to keep you busy
- A good book and some you time
- Fun rewards like home spa days
- A jar or a plan for all the money you will save
You will also need the ability to laugh at all the blunders. The crazy meals you put together with what is left of the ingredients in your pantry. The ability to laugh with joy at all the fun family activities you will have. The pride of partnership in your spouse and family in your budgeting journey ahead.
I wish you all the best in your no spend journey,
Saving & Simplicity
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