I have read many articles about couples who have gone months and even a year without any unnecessary spending. It is possible. It is an important lesson we can all learn, and it can be a huge money saver and builder of savings and investments.
I have done a few months each year for several years, doing this. I usually start the year out this way. The weather is nasty out, so I have no real urgent need to leave the house. I have usually added to my stocks watching sales in the fall/winter. My canning has been done. Holidays have come and gone, and I have lots of new things I received as gifts.
Summers seem to be easy as there are fresh crops coming on.
Truthfully I think I could do this most any time.
We all need to realize that odds are pretty darn good that we do not NEED new clothes. We do not NEED to eat out. We do no NEED to buy new household gadgets. We do not NEED to go to the movies. We do not NEED to shop online. We no not NEED to stop and get an expensive coffee or pop. We do not NEED most anything that stores sell. Most of us DO NOT NEED at all!
I would love to see everyone try going a month (or more) without spending! That means no yard sales, no craft shows, no fabric stores, no binge buying, no books or magazines, nothing extra!!!!!
Use what you have!!!!!!
I find it quite easy most of the time, as there just isn't much at all that I need. We have to remember WANTS and NEEDS are so very different.
When it comes to your meals, try going to a place like my fridge food. There are many sites that give you ideas and recipes using ONLY what you have. You may find some new family favorites. Use your fresh produce. Stay home and save money.
Just DO IT! Get creative and save your hard earned money.
I challenge you! Stop spending and see how freeing it really is.
It may seem difficult at first - but it actually becomes a way of life. Once you begin this journey - you will realize that much of your spending is unnecessary and it is just habit (bad habit).
That money saved will help with those unexpected bills as well. Car breaks down. AC/furnace breaks down. Help pay down mortgage or pay off medical bills. Emergency fund.
You can do it.
YOU HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED!
Have you done this regularly or are you willing to try? Let us know!
Good luck and happy saving.