Have you ever tried a no spend day? Or even a whole week? If you haven’t, you should consider a no spend week. Adding a no spend week into your budget every month can be healthy for your finances, and has so many benefits. Trying to do a no spend week (or even just a day) can be difficult, and turning down a good deal or an enticing sale can be even worse. If you’re considering a no spend week, here are 4 things to do to help you make it through a no spend week.
How To Make It Through A No Spend Week
1. Be prepared
If you want to have a successful no spend week, you need to be prepared. Make sure you have plenty of gas in your car, and groceries for the week. For more information on how you can prepare for a no spend week, check out this article.
2. Get Creative
Figuring out how to use what you have can be one the hardest parts of a no spend week. This is where you might need to be a little creative. Here are some examples:
Create meals from your pantry instead of buying groceries
Popping your own popcorn at home and watching a DVD you already have instead of going to the movies or renting something
Borrowing a book from the library instead of buying a new book
3. Look for free fun
Most people are completely unaware of all the free events happening in their own city! As the week progresses, you will start to get bored. It’s during this time that you may be tempted to give up your spending freeze and do something fun instead. Keep a list of free activities and events handy that you can turn to whenever your family gets bored. This could range anywhere from a board game night at home to a free concert nearby.
4. Find ways to get outside
This one is coming from personal experience. During your no spend week, find time to go outside with your family. The more you stay cooped up in your home, the harder it will be to stick to your no spend week. Whether you go for a walk around your neighborhood or just sit on your front porch, make sure you are getting outdoors.
Have you ever tried a no spend week?