No Spend Days
A No Spend Day is exactly what is says on the tin. A day where you spend no money at all. Other than bills, travel, and other things you can't avoid, you commit to spending nothing. Not a penny. Nada. For the month of June I'll be embarking on a little experiment to see how many No Spend Days I can manage.
You might be wondering what the heck this has to do with a website about supporting UK black owned business. You see, the thing is, in my quest to spend more of my money with the businesses I really want to support, I realized how much cash I frittered away without even thinking about it. Money that could be better spent with the companies I want to give it to and on things I genuinely want or need.
Coffees here and there, mid-morning snacks and afternoon-slump cakes. Drinks after work and needless strolls around the supermarket (do you sense the food theme?!). But there was also the wander round the town in my lunch break where I picked up a bottle of perfume just because, and the Sunday stroll through the park which turned into lunch out and a new side table from the charity shop! Treating yourself isn't a bad thing, but when it becomes your norm, and you do it without thinknig, that's not cool.
I'm all about checking yourself, working out your flaws and trying to be better. The way I spend money is definitely a flaw. Disclaimer: I'm not even rich, I'm barely comfortable and end up deep in my overdraft and maxing out my credit card every month! So this is my attempt to be better. The plan is that at the end of No Spend Day, I'll colour the box in green, whereas if I've spent money that day, the box will be red. I know I'll get a kick out of filling in a green box, so I'm hoping that tiny little thrill will motivate me to keep going and steer me away from any deliciously tempting, yet wholly unnecessary spends.
There's no set goal for the number of green boxes, I'm just gonna do the best I can and see how it goes. Here's hoping I don't end the month with a whole heap of red boxes!
P.S the fact that I bought a new set of colouring pencils so I could fill in my No Spend Days chart shows that I clearly have a problem!