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We did a small food shop and purchased Fathers' Day gifts of wine and just one card as I remembered I already had one at home and just had to look for it.
We decided to have stand alone wardrobes instead of fitted and this change saves us around £300 in total. I really wanted to go to IKEA to purchase a wardrobe after the decision but we chose not to as there would be long queues and we would have purchased more than we needed by going in-store. I have decided to wait until payday to make the purchase and order only what we need online instead of being tempted by last minute buys. On the drive to collect a Fathers' Day gift from B&Q (a purchase that we had thought through) I did fall asleep and when I awoke my husband had driven to McDonald's. Instead of saying no and as it was 4pm (missing lunch) we both had a McDonald's.
Taking the dog on a walk my husband wanted to go to the park and purchase a coffee at the tearooms to walk around with. We decided instead that we would take our to-go cups with tea from home. This saved £4 and didn’t change the experience.
Monday - Thursday
No purchases made!
When we decided that we were having free standing wardrobes instead of fitted saving us a substantial amount of money I wanted to make the purchase straight away. I do realise that this kind of decision making and rushed purchases can lead to spending more money and have decided that big purchases need to be more thought out than this. On the same day I did find it hard at the time to say no to fast food but had we planned the day more carefully we wouldn’t have been in that position. The challenge week went okay in general, there were a couple of occasions that I nearly spent money. For example, I remembered a top I wanted to order online but on second thoughts I actually realised I don’t need any more clothes! Usually I might not have thought this through but I did thanks to the challenge.
As our No Spend Week was over Fathers' Day we decided to still get gifts but not over spend on items that weren’t needed. I think it’s easy to want to purchase a lot of gifts to show someone you’re thinking of them but most of the time just your company is preferred.
Overall, I did consider purchases more, especially food and what we did need or what we could get from home like the drinks on a walk.
I don’t think I’ve kicked any spending habits but I am more aware of how much things are, how much they are needed and what I can do/make/eat instead.
My No Spend Week has definitely encouraged me to save more. When we had the McDonald's at the weekend I felt guilty knowing that was £12 that could have gone on something more substantial so this thought process will stick with me going forward. I understand its not bad to spend on the occasional treat but only when it makes you feel good, not when you would feel the exact same having something else and save the cash!
Your No Spend Week?
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