Stay away from the pretty red bullseye! As much as it pains me to say this about my very most favorite store, Target. But it is probably a good idea for you to stay clear, just for the next four weeks.
The temptation of the perfectly cute banners, poka dot straws, and other pretty trinkets in the dollar spot is extremely too tempting for myself. It’s just better for my personal mental state to keep my distance during this no spend month.
Let’s have a moment of silence please…
Don’t worry Target, we will be back ASAP!
What to expect during a no spend month
The first thing that you need to expect during your no spend month is that it’s not easy. Plain and simple but you can do it! You can do hard things!
You are going to have to say no a lot. But this is good for you. This is how you are going to cut all of your bad spending habits. So, mentally prepare yourself and your family, to say no.
But it’s definitely not all bad! Stick with me here and make sure you are following me on Periscope so we can share all our ideas on how to continue living a full and fun life even when we aren’t spending any money!
Some topics I will be covering on Periscope will be:
- Family fun activities
- Date night ideas
- Copycat recipes
- Ways to make money in one day
About halfway through the month is most likely when you are going to feel the pinch. This is when you really are going to need to be creative. Do a little research and look for free activities in your area to keep your family busy and distracted.
How to prepare for your no spend month
1.Talk with your family
If you are married and/or if you have children, this needs to be a topic of a family discussion. The decision to go forward with a no spend month needs to be unanimous within your family.
It’s not going to work if you are the only one freezing all spending. Here are some tips on how to get everyone onboard.
- Keep it positive. When discussing with your family keep the conversation focused on the end goal. What are you going to do with the money you save?
- Use visuals. What is your ultimate objective of doing a no spend month? Do you want to pay off some debt or maybe plan a family vacation? Come up with a picture that is a visual reminder and put it somewhere front and center.
- Make it personal. Relate to each family member how this spending freeze is going to benefit him or her.
- Talk about the creative and fun ideas you have planned for entertainment.
2. Go through your budget
The next thing you need to do in preparation for your no spend month is go through your budget and start slashing anything that is not 100% necessary for you to spend money on.
Don’t be easy on yourself. Giving yourself too much slack is only going to make your no spend month less effective. You need to be real! If you can live without it for more then a day, then you can probably live without it for a month.
3. Meal plan
Trust me when I say that you can plan your entire months worth of meals at once. You CAN do it! This is how.
Start by taking inventory of everything in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. This is where you want the bulk of your meals to come from. Start coming up with meal ideas (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) that can be made using the ingredients you already have on hand.
Don’t forget about the snacks! If you are like our family, towards the end of the month you most likely are going to start running out of your typical store bought snacks. Be sure to factor homemade snacks into your meal planning.
Make sure you follow me on Periscope because I love sharing our real life frugal living tips, like homemade snack ideas.
4. Open up your schedule
The main idea behind this is that most activities you normally would be doing are going to cost you money. So keep those off of your schedule. Don’t worry, I have plenty of free fun ideas for you! Again, make sure you follow me on Periscope so you don’t miss anything!
The other reason you need to clear your schedule is because there is a little more work that goes into this process then you might be used to. Example, making your own snacks from scratch. While it’s not a huge time eater, tasks like this are going to take a little more time.
Are you feeling prepared for your no spend month? Do you have a little more clarity on what to expect? While I know the idea of a no spend month might seem a little overwhelming, but don’t let that discourage you!
I would love to help with any and all questions you have, so leave them in the comments below or contact me on social media!
You can do hard things and your hard work is going to payoff big time! Stay positive, do a little planning, and keep the big picture in mind. You are going to rock this!