April Challenge

 

I’ve embarked on a No Spend Month.

I’m not going in guns-a-blazin’ and I’m not standing up and shouting it from the rooftops, as I’ve tried and failed before (and documented the epics fails on my blog, for all the world to see) so I’m flying under the radar, hat in hand, head down and focused on the work ahead. This time around feels more somber, more serious. However I feel more motivated than ever before.

So to keep this short and sweet, these are my green lights for the month:

  • Rent
  • Bills (utilities, insurance, etc)
  • Budgeted grocery allowance
  • Monthly transit pass
  • Emergencies (I have a $500 emergency fund set aside, but knock on wood, I hope I don’t need it)

That’s it, folks! It sounds Spartan, and it is. However I don’t feel I’m depriving myself whatsoever. I have more than enough creature comforts bursting out of every cupboard and closet in my home, so that I am constantly surrounded by luxury (when I look at my normal Western life as someone who would be labelled “low to mid income” versus the majority of the rest of the world’s inhabitants, I truly do live in unabounded luxury) so I have nothing to want for. If anything, this forces me to actually enjoy everything I already own, as opposed to mentally dumping the love I had for an item immediately after acquiring it and shift my focus on the shiny new thing I want just moments after purchasing the last thing. The hedonic treadmill is a very real thing in my psyche, and I plan on eliminating it.

So although this No Spend Month concept isn’t new or original, I do plan on documenting it as a way to keep me on track and accountable. I hope to write what I did on all these no-spend days that allowed them to be no-spend, that way I have a template for if I want to continue No Spend April into No Spend May (and beyond!) and it perhaps can be a source of ideas for anyone else wanted to start this challenge.

Wish me luck!

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4 Comments

  1. I do wish you luck! You can do this 🙂 I think it will help so much to do regular updates on your blog. And remember to focus on and savour the sense of accomplishment and joy you get from NOT spending! Looking forward to hearing more 🙂 Jill

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Jill! I know this may sound silly, but even just 3 days in and not spending a dime feels really darn good. It feels great to say no to the urges and actually overcome them, and it also feels fantastic to savour and enjoy all the things I’m already so lucky to have – especially the intangibles 🙂

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