Have you ever challenged your spouse and yourself to a “No Spending” weekend? My husband Donny and I do this several times a year just to keep ourselves in check on spending and unnecessary purchases. Would you be willing to participate in a “No Spending” weekend?
The rules or boundaries we set up start at midnight on Friday and go until midnight Sunday. This means no spending on unnecessary purchases such as trips to the grocery store, eating out, and online purchases. If we do a “No Spending” weekend, I will usually go grocery shopping on Friday night and purchase all the food we need to cook at home all weekend. I’ll also go and fill the Tundra up with gas and get the cash we need for weekly church donations.
The first time I participated in this event, it was extremely hard because there are so many temptations out there such as online shopping, drive-thru eating or stopping at Walmart. What affected us most was eating out. Weekends were the time we were lazier and it was quicker just to go to a drive-thru or go pick up take-out food for dinner. “No Spending” weekend requires a plan and discipline.
There are always exceptions to the rules such as medical emergencies, “Murphy” visits such as flat tires or car issues, and family emergencies.
Who wants to participate with Donny and I and partake in a “No Spending” weekend? Post in the comments if you want to participate. Please subscribe to our email and I will send you a helpful “No Spending” weekend cheat sheet to provide encouragement and success.
At the end of the weekend, take the time to reflect on what you did to not make any purchases and which purchases you postponed. If it was a significant amount of money, take the money and put in savings.
After my weekends, I would save anywhere from $150 to $250. Do this once a quarter and you can save up to $1,000. This money could be your emergency fund, a weekend family getaway, Christmas gift fund, or a donation to charity.
What do you have to lose? Join me and let’s do a “No Spending” weekend for October 15th and 16th! Take action and come back to www.livingandlovingourlives.com and tell me how it went with your successes and weaknesses.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”