I decided to try out having a no-spend month. And what better time than November? No-spend No-vember!
Why did I start this quest? I think there were a few reasons.
If you recall, my last blog post was about having a spendy weekend. I bought stuff that I (mostly) needed, some stuff that I just wanted. But it was a lot of money all in one weekend.
I also realized that I’ve been buying lunches at work A LOT. Those costs add up. AND, cafeteria lunches are not really the healthiest options. So I was looking out for my wallet and my waistline!
And maybe I wanted to join in on a movement like the No-Shave November, more often called Movember. It also inspired the guys at How To Do Everything to have a Beard Sprint. And since I’m a lady, I couldn’t grow a beard.
Plus! Brad from Enemy of Debt is also having a no-spend November! His goal is No Restaurants for all of November. With my main “no-spend” category being cafeteria food, I think this is a good goal to work with!
What are the rules? There are always rules with these sorts of anti-spending challenges. My main one is: don’t buy lunches at work. And while I rarely buy coffee, I also will not let myself be tempted by my need for caffeine.
Obviously, I’ll still be paying rent, paying bills, and buying gas when my car is running on empty or buying groceries when it’s my turn to fill the fridge. And, to be honest, I’m really just focusing on not buying food while at work. But the no-spend mentality is also going to be weighing on me all month.
I’ve already got a problem with this weekend. I was planning on getting a long-overdue haircut. And I’m attending a wine tasting with some friends. (I’ve gone every year since the first year I wrote about it).
One last November habit I’m trying to build: Using my Wii Fit every day. To at least weigh in and take the balance test. Then maybe a few activities to get in shape. Between my better eating habits (not buying lunches) and my exercise, maybe I can get back to my college weight!
So can it be done? And if I just consolidate my spending to one day a week, will you forgive me? Are you in Enemy of Debt’s No Restaurant November? Will you join us in our pledges to avoid spending?