Have you ever had a day where you haven’t had to spend a single penny?
Imagine how much money you could potentially save if you could go a few days each week without spending any money. It sounds much harder than it is you know and let’s face it, if I can do it then anyone can!
With the expensive Summer holidays coming up I’ve decided that we really need to focus on money and one of the ways that I’m doing that is by setting myself a target of 15 no spend days in the month of July.
A no spend day is exactly as it sounds – a day where you don’t spend any money at all although I don’t think you can count it if you go to the shop the night before and splash out on everything you think you’re going to need to buy the following day as Mr Frugal tried to do last week. 🙂
It’s more about using what you already have and not wasting money on non essentials to me. Here’s a couple of examples of what I mean:
- My car was almost out of petrol and I was due to be popping around to my friends. Usually I would drive but as I was really trying to have a no spend day I walked instead. Obviously, I still needed to put petrol in the following day but my no spend day meant that I didn’t put it in on that day and saved money anyway by walking.
- We were planning on doing something with the kids after school one night last week when the sun was actually shining but as I was hoping for a no spend day, we used our English Heritage passes and popped over to Whitby Abbey with a picnic blanket and a couple of drinks each. We had a great time and didn’t spend a penny.
- Last night’s tea was due to be tuna pasta bake until I realised we had no tuna in. Rather than pop to the shop, I made macaroni cheese instead.
- Miss Frugal and I often have a sneaky little date night where we go and do something together on a night for an hour or so. We don’t do anything special but sometimes we’ll pop to Costa for a cuppa or we might go for a wander around the shops or even just walk the dog on the beach. We had a date night planned for one night last week but the weather was awful so rather than go anywhere that would involve money, we decided to go to the shop and she tried on prom dresses just for fun.
Don’t get me wrong though, if I need something then I’ll buy it and won’t beat myself up that it hasn’t been a no spend day. I got through to 8pm the other night without spending a penny when Miss Frugal remembered she needed some ingredients for school the next day. I didn’t tell her off for ruining my no spend day (although there were words about the late notice seeing as she’d known for a week).
Life happens and no matter what you do, you won’t always manage a total no spend day but even if you just manage 1 or 2 no spend days a week then you’re saving money on those 1-2 days.
Worth a try?
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