What is it about Christmas?
I mean, why do we always feel the need to buy that bit extra when we know we’ve got enough?
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have that last-minute panic over whether or not we have enough cheese. Perhaps we should get so and so one more present. Et cetera. It’s EXHAUSTING.
I feel like I need a detox and I’m not just talking about the extra food consumed over Christmas! I’m talking a detox from stuff.
So I’ve created a snazzy roadmap style checklist for my No-Spend January challenge!
The rules of No Spend January
First up, this no-spend challenge doesn’t include your basic weekly food shop – I’m not trying to starve anyone here! Having said that, I do want to encourage you to shop more mindfully. For example, using up what you already have in the freezer and food cupboards, plan your meals around that. Writing a proper shopping list and sticking to it, no chucking extra stuff into your trolley that might get wasted.
The no-spend is relating to anything that is not a necessity. You can decide what is and isn’t a necessity, the important thing is to set the rules before you start.
Why take part in a No Spend challenge?
- The obvious one, it’s going to save you money. Think of what you could do with that money… overpay on your mortgage, get rid of the credit cards, perhaps go on a lovely family holiday?
- It’s going to reset your spending habits. Instead of just buying willy-nilly, you’ll actually start to question your reasons for purchasing.
- Stops instant gratification. You’ll find out if you genuinely want or need something as you’ll have time to think. These days, something pops into our head and before we’ve even had a chance to mull it over, it’s been added to the basket, paid for and on its way to us – due to arrive by 10 pm!
- You’ll become more inventive and less wasteful.
- Create space! You’ll be pushed into being more resourceful; actually having to look properly, so you’ll use all those half-full shampoos and body washes before buying more.
- You’ll feel a real sense of achievement and hopefully have a positive mindset shift.
No-spend quick tips
- Check your freezer and food cupboards, as well as what’s in the fridge before you do the food shop
- Always write a shopping list and stick to it – don’t add extra items into the trolley
- Don’t shop when you’re hungry
- Unsubscribe from emails to avoid the temptation (this will also reduce your carbon footprint)
- Write lists and create inventories or buy some printables (before tomorrow or include them into your budget!)
- Budget. All your standard bills for the month, fuel or commuting travel, food, other necessities
So, are you up for it?
If you’d like to join, all you need to do is click here pop in your name and email address and you’ll be able to download the PDF worksheets for free!
If you’re serious about becoming clutter-free and saving money, to help you further, I’ve also created some really useful PDF’s. Once purchased, download and save to your computer, then print out whenever you need more.
I’m so excited to have you on this journey with me! So let’s see how much we can save…
Happy New Year!