When I first started getting budget conscious and really looked at where my money was going, I was amazed to find how the little things added up – the bottle of water from the store, the gum & newspaper on the way home, the quick bite to eat with friends, it all = spending.
So, I began with 1 day a week that I didn’t spend. That means I don’t buy anything at all – no food, no stamps, no papers, no mints or music – nada! It was exceptionally difficult at first to even manage 1 day a week, within a fortnight I built it up to 2 days a week, then 3 and I’m now at 5 days a week of no spending. What this means is I have to plan my spending, I have to know what I need and wait until a spending day to purchase it. I’ve found this no only stops silly spending on stuff, but actually once you have to wait for something you usually forget about it. No spending days have transformed my spending habits and I urge anyone trying to cut down on consumerism to consider having no spending days each week! The monthly goal for me now is to have 20 no spending days a month as a minimum. Why not see if you can do it to?