There’s no doubt that boredom can creep in while doing a Spending Fast or Spending Diet…especially when we don’t have our usual boredom relief “go-to’s” that we used to use pre-Spending Fast/Spending Diet (shopping, eating out, partying, etc.). See how Melanie is tackling this obstacle below, and follow along with all the Spending Fasters here. – Anna
I’m about nine months into the Spending Diet and I must admit, at this point, I am getting Bored (with a capital “B”). I’m chugging along and gritting my teeth smiling through it, but for the past couple of months I’ve felt like throwing up my hands and yelling, “F*** this! We’re going to Costa Rica!” I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but it feels like somewhere tropical and warm could solve all my problems.
Fortunately I’ve been on the Spending Diet long enough to know that spending more money, even if it is on an amazing trip, isn’t going to solve all my problems– in fact, it might create more problems. But the travel bug has got me bad. What’s a girl to do?
Well, I don’t know if it was a moment of weakness or a moment of clarity, but my husband and I went on a little weekend getaway. I had just finished planning a conference at work. It’s probably the biggest, most stressful thing I’ve ever done– even more stressful than planning my wedding or changing jobs or deciding to stop renting and live in an Airstream. And I know it’s dangerous to think this way, but I deserved to get away.
We did a lot of things to cut costs for this trip. We went to a location about four hours from our home so we drove there in my fuel-efficient car. I found a budget hotel and used my credit card points to book it. We packed snacks, we participated in free attractions, we had a continental breakfast each morning at the hotel and, although we ate at restaurants several times, we also picked up dinner from a local grocery store. Overall, I spent about $95.00 on the trip. (Full disclosure: my husband spent some of his money too.) I did go over my $100 allocation for March, but I still managed to sock away $1,000 in both February and March.
Since our weekend getaway, I feel much less stressed and better able to take on the world, but I want to make sure that for the next three months I don’t fall into the “treat yo self” trap. I also need to take better care of myself and find free stress management techniques. With the warm weather finally here, I’ve been hiking, practicing yoga from YouTube videos and trying to regulate my sleep schedule. I’d love to incorporate even more free stress relievers into my everyday routine.
What are your favorite free stress relievers? Let me know in the comments!
Melanie’s Spending Diet Stats:
Month 8 Savings: $2,000
Started the Spending Diet: July 1, 2014
Savings to date: $9,600
P.S. If you’ve been getting prone to boredom be sure to check out 56 Things to do Instead of Spending Money
P.S. Ready to get out of debt ASAP? Check out the Spending Fast Bootcamp!