A no spending month might sound like more hassle than it’s worth. If you have a difficult time controlling your spending, a no spend month challenge might sound like setting yourself up to fail.
One of the biggest reasons most people won’t do it is because they’re too stressed, and this would just add to it! Not only can no spending month challenges help you save money, but they even reduce stress! If you’re still skeptical, here is how a no spending month challenge can reduce stress.
Shopping Takes Up A Lot Of Time
Have you ever noticed how much time you spend shopping? Think of the window shopping as you pass stores in a shopping complex, the hours spent going to the grocery store for food, and the time spent browsing online stores and boutiques.
On average, let’s say you spend about 3 hours of your week, and this is generous, shopping. This includes everything from your groceries to your children’s science fair project supplies. Over the course of a month, you will have spent 12 hours shopping, or 156 hours a year! This is a lot of time spent just buying things!
When you do a no spend challenge, most of your shopping is gone! Some people will still need to get groceries or gas, but many people find they don’t miss the hustle and bustle of the grocery store, so they avoid it all together.
You Have More Time To Relax
As we mentioned earlier, shopping takes up a lot of our time! This is precious time we could be spending with our family, kids or just some quality alone time. When you aren’t spending money, you will find that you move at a much slower pace.
You could bake your bread, take a bubble bath, read a book, and even clean up the house if you wanted to. Suddenly, the world is your oyster, and you have more time on your hands than you previously thought.
Here are some more productive things to do instead of spending money!
You Are Less Rushed
When you are going out as a family, eating out for dinner, or running around the store, there is this always nagging feeling of being rushed. We are going here as fast as we can, so we can go there as soon as we can.
During a no spend month, you aren’t running all around town. While many people may still go out during a no spend month, many people don’t feel rushed while they’re out.
Daily Life Is A Little Less Heavy
One of the causes of stress for people are all the things on their to-do list. They need to get this, go there, and do this, all in one day.
When you’re doing a no spend month, your schedule becomes a little more clear. We take on less to avoid spending so much gas, and we take it a little easier. Your schedule is no longer jam-packed, and odds are, you aren’t looking to fill every second. Instead, you can take things one step at a time and enjoy each moment.
Other Things You Avoid…
- Long lines
- Pushy salesmen/saleswomen
- Noisy, difficult or slow shoppers
- Squeaky carts that don’t work correctly
- No parking spots
- Empty shelves
- Poor customer service
No spending challenges might seem like more trouble than they’re worth. However, with a little planning, you might find that not spending any money was the best thing for your family.
YOUR TURN: Have you ever really considered a no spend challenge before? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below!
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