WHEN YOU’RE NOT UP FOR A NO-SPEND MONTH BUT STILL WANT TO SAVE MORE MONEY
A no-spend month may seem like a daunting challenge when you’re new to budgeting. Or stretched for time. Or trying to tackle too many things at once. That’s okay! You don’t have to commit to a full month of no unnecessary spending to make a difference in your finances. You can focus on intentionality with a no-spend mini-challenge. And a Life on a Dime is here to show you how!
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WHAT A NO-SPEND MINI-CHALLENGE ISN’T
Before diving into what a no-spend mini-challenge is, let’s discuss what it isn’t. This isn’t an excuse to spend more money on the days and weeks’ outside the challenge. I believe many people try no-spend days only to “make up” for lost time every other day of the month. That is counterproductive.
If you take that approach to a no-spend challenge you might need to explore the reason behind your spending more than just how much money you’re spending. It will be much more beneficial in the long run!
WHAT A NO-SPEND MINI-CHALLENGE IS
A no-spend mini-challenge is a great opportunity to help you practice delayed gratification and intentionality. Both of these concepts are necessary for budgeting success. If you can start with small steps you will succeed in the bigger ones. This is true with anything in life.
Start with a number of no-spend days in a month. Work your way up to a number of weeks. This sort of practice will help you make better decisions over the course of the entire month. You just have to be intentional with your money on the days you are allowed regular spending.
The whole goal of a no-spend challenge isn’t just to save money; it is also to help you see what you spend your money on. If what you spend your money on isn’t in alignment with your priorities a no-spend is the perfect opportunity to realign your spending with your priorities and values.
HOW TO USE ONE TO HELP YOU CURB SPENDING AND GET CONTROL OF THE BUDGET
If you’re not up for a no-spend month or have other things already on the calendar that prohibit you from doing so just yet then a mini-challenge can help a lot. You don’t even have to pick certain days or weeks to participate; you can start small by eliminating one or more specific types of spending.
This can be a great way to save money without “feeling” it quite as much as in an all-out no-spend challenge. Maybe you visited the drive-thru a few more times than you’d like to admit. You can challenge yourself to a no-spend on eating out for the next week, month, or even longer. This one small change can save you anywhere from $5 to $20 a day depending on where you typically stop. The money saved by imposing this mini-challenge can add up quickly!
It will also give you incentive and momentum to improve other areas of your budget for longer periods of time. This can give you the willpower you need to take control of your budget and make your money work for you.
IS A NO-SPEND CHALLENGE RIGHT FOR YOU?
Is there an area of the budget that is a little out of control or could use improvement? Do you want to live life with more intention and practice delayed gratification? Do you have financial goals that need some to gain some traction before you give up?
If you answered yes to any of these questions I firmly believe a no-spend mini-challenge will benefit you. Consider it a warmup for a full no-spend month or just as a kick in the pants needed to get you budgeting again. I believe a no-spend challenge can help most people.
IF YOU’RE ALREADY PARTICIPATING IN NO-SPEND FEBRUARY…
Keep up the good work! I am here to encourage, motivate, and offer any advice I have to help you succeed! We’re already close to one full week in! Use your tracker, keep focusing on why you are participating in the first place, and keep forging ahead! Maybe once you’re done you can impose a no-spend mini-challenge on yourself and stick with one item you restricted during the monthly challenge!
One small habit of avoiding the drive-thru can have a great impact on your health and waistline just as much as it can on your wallet! Keep practicing self-discipline to achieve your goals and your finances aren’t the only thing that will improve!
As always, I am here if you have any questions. Feel free to contact me and be sure to follow a Life on a Dime on Instagram, Twitter, and the Facebook page for even more information and tips. If you’re a fellow blogger be sure to check out our Facebook Group Blogging on a Dime. It’s a small, but growing community of bloggers on a smaller budget supporting each other’s endeavors and sharing information along the way!
I’ll be back Monday with the newsletter and next Thursday with a new YouTube video! This one will highlight no-spend challenges! Until then, stay frugal my friends! And stay strong! It’s No-Spend February and you’re doing great! Keep it up and count the money you save this month as an effort well made!