This post is by Chelsea who is currently doing a Spending Fast®.
Being on a Spending Fast can seem like such a drag! Since starting my third month of no spending, I have realized that being on this Spending Fast is actually awesome! I know what you are thinking, just hear me out. Obviously I wish that I didn’t have debt and could buy anything that I wanted. Instead, I have found that while on this year-long adventure, I have been able to do some really cool, unexpected things…for free!
Since my boyfriend and I aren’t going out on the town like we used to, I have become a little creative with my time.
The Benefits to Being on a Spending Fast…
1. There is now time to do your nails.
When is the last time you sat down and gave yourself a manicure? I’m not talking a quick dash of nail polish (although that is an accomplishment most days). I’m referring to soaking your hands, removing cuticles, filing, etc. I find it to be a real treat.
2. More time to walk the dog/child!
I don’t have any children so I am going to focus on walking my dog. I have, however, recently encountered a woman walking her toddler and it is adorable. Instead of taking Xena (my bulldog) on a 15 minute walk, I have had time to relax and make it more extensive. She loves the smells and I love the fact she goes to sleep instantly when we get home. Win, win.
3. Spring cleaning is an actual possibility!
I usually dig through my wardrobe once Spring hit and would donate my unused clothes, but I hardly do an effective “spring cleaning.” Last weekend I started my Spring cleaning efforts. The results were a huge stack of clothes and DVDs that I can list online to sell. I have much more of the house to de-clutter and clean and I am so anxious and excited to uncover those money-making possibilities.
4. Making smarter financial choices is starting to become natural.
Before the Spending Fast I would think I was smart with my money because I didn’t go shopping or buy expensive things. The reality is that I was eating out multiple times a week and wasting tons of money (and calories) on soda and snacks. Now those things aren’t options and I have more money left at the end of my budget. My most recent example is that my boyfriend and I had picked out a new apartment to move into in August. The rent was going to be higher by about $300 a month AND there was going to be no washer/dryer hook ups. I own a washer and a dryer so worrying about storing them for a year and paying laundry fees was something I considered. How idiotic! After sucking up my pride, I suggested we stay where we are. Our current duplex is great and with a little TLC, I can make our place feel more welcoming. It wasn’t something that I wanted to do initially, but it made a whole lot more sense in the long run financially.
5. Creativity starts showing up, out of necessity.
Since we have decided to stay in our current place, I am focusing on making it lovely. The problem with decorating a house is that it costs lots of moolah. I got a crazy idea and have been putting want ads on Craigslist for various household items. I do not have a mirror in my bedroom and the bathroom mirror is warped. It is a constant source of frustration but mirrors can be extremely expensive. I posted an ad asking if anyone would be willing to donate a full length mirror to help me with my Spending Fast venture. A really nice man responded within the first day. I met him following day (in a very public place) and picked up the mirrors. They are huge and wonderful! I brought them home, sanded them down and spray painted a nice metallic copper color on the frames. They are gorgeous and the best part is that they were free! Nice people still exist!
What are some things that you have enjoyed while consciously saving money?
Chelsea Overton is in the midst of a Spending Fast® and writes about it from Ohio with her boyfriend and bulldog, Xena the Warrior Princess, by her side.
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