Introspective Insights

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No-Spend Challenge?

While the stereotypical stay-at-home mom sits home and eat bonbons (said no one ever), I am usually out and about looking for the latest bargain. Most of the time, I’d like to think it is to find items we need, but that probably is not true.

Since all three kids are at school, it is difficult for me to be home. Being alone is not the issue, it is the quiet. Before the first frost, I could literally hear crickets. I miss my little people and a vibrating restlessness overcomes me and I leave the house.

It is true, I have found phenomenal deals on things that we need, but I have also purchased some nice-to-haves and want-to-haves too. This spendiness problem daily challenges me. One of the ways I show love to others is buying them gifts. But I can’t buy gifts all the time and ironically, I’m terrible with remembering birthdays. So I end up with a bunch of pretty awesome items that are reasonably priced, but the sheer sum is the issue.

I’m considering a no-spend challenge. I’ve heard of others doing this for either 10 days or up to 30 days. I honestly don’t know how to do it, and yes, this is definitely a “first world” problem. It seems there should be some rules – number of days, possibly some exceptions such as getting gas or food (and a fluffy latte is not food).

Ideas? Thoughts? Have you ever done a no-spend challenge? If so, please tell us about it in the comments.


Hi! I'm Jennifer. I'm here in my little corner of southeastern Michigan observing relationships, family, and the world hoping to dig deeper and find the divine spark in it all. Thanks for visiting!

5 Replies

  1. Rachel

    We’ve done sort of no spend challenges on certain items. Like not buying lunch out during “Sack Lunch September” or avoiding trips to an especially tempting store (read: Target) for a period of time.

    1. Rachel, I thought these sort of “fasts” may be a good way to start.

  2. Chris

    It is easy to get caught up on deals! I remember when the kids were little I would bargin hunt after Christmas for deals that I could use for little treats for Valentine’s day or Easter and maybe even the following Christmas. But as the kids got older that became less necessary, so then I would try to justify other reasons to buy these awesome deals…gifts for friends, teachers, or just a what if gift? But when a .50c or $1.00 item added up to I just now spent $25, I wokld decide I didn’t need this purchase. I still like to go hit the clearance racks, but before I buy, I always ask my self “what am I going to do with this? do I really need this?” I usually will pass it up, but was fun thinking about it! I am a purger not a hoarder, so it is pretty easy to know if it just going to sit in a cupboard, then I probably don’t need to spend the money on it. I don’t know if this is even helping with the no spending issue? But I do know one thing…as a mom we will experience a lot of voids in our lives as our kids grow up! And shopping sometimes fills one of them it is just being smart about how much you are spending and if you can justify the purchase and aren’t going into to debt, then enjoy! 🙂

    1. That’s the key for me, Chris, the not going in debt thing. Thanks for commenting!

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