Thursday, September 8, 2016

No Spend Challenge Update 1

I started my no spend challenge a few days early, just to "practice." I thought my week days would be hardest because that's when I'm tempted to go browsing during my breaks. I was right, that's when i'm most tempted. I'm tired, and want to get away from my desk for a bit. Once I decide to suck it up, and not go to the malls. I do well. These malls are connected to my work through underground tunnels. I usually end up staying at my desk and reading. I've also been writing and outlining blog posts. I've been really into personal finance and I have some blog posts coming up that I hope will encourage people like me who are natural "spenders." Money is common sense, but it's our habits that get us into trouble. 

Last weekend, we went to our Six Flags amusement park. We have season passes, so that was a money saver. We also went for walks along our boardwalk and took Caleb to a park. If you want to make a 2 year old happy, bring him to a park. We are lucky that we have alot of parks in our area. We also went to a hunting store that my husband wanted to visit. I was not tempted to buy anything camo...  

Last weekend, I wasn't tempted to buy anything. I had to pick up a few groceries, and was happy to have 20 dollars off from my grocery store points from that store. It was another win for me! 

My tips for getting through a no spend challenge. Identify your temptations, and avoid them. Keep yourself motivated, decide what you want to do with the money you're saving. Telling yourself "No" now is temporary. Those things will still be there when the challenge is over. You may also forget about it, and realize it wasn't that important to you. Good luck! I'm 8 days in, and going strong.

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