Repeat after me: What I’m waiting to have isn’t as important as what I already have.
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Is it me or is it really hard to come up with things to do when you’ve committed to not spending any money? And if you are doing a month long, no spend challenge – forget it. It can totally feel like torture. Then when you do find something to do, it turns out it’s really not free at all. I mean is anything truly free these days? Whether it’s not having gas, or needing batteries, things that are meant to be free end up costing money. And so the struggle of finding things to do during a no spend challenge begins.
If you remember my post a while back, I’ve decided to kick the no spend challenge to the curb because it hindered me more than it helped me. You can read more about it here. However, I recognize that it is beneficial for some people. That’s why I want to help you all survive it.
Not sure what the no spend challenge is? It’s when you commit to not spending any money on anything but necessities for a designated amount of time. It can be a week, a month etc. Regardless, the whole point is to limit spending for your desired duration to help you reach particular goals. Those goals could be to save more money in an emergency account, pay off more debt or even have more money available for a trip later in the year. Regardless of the reason, I’ve heard many people struggle with actually completing the no spend challenge. Normally, it’s because they’re going about it the wrong way. They are treating it like punishment.