Post # 1
Hey bees 🙂
Hope you‘re all doing well!
I wanted to ask if any of you have done/are currently doing a low/no spend year and how that experience was for you.
My goal for 2019 was to save money and not buy anything for myself, so no clothes, no perfumes, no make up and cosmetics (got plenty to use up) for the entirety of the year. And I have to say that things are going amazing! I was able to stick to my plans and not cave in. The desire to buy anything actually declined massively and I don‘t even want to browse through any virtual or physical shops.
In addition to choosing not to buy anything frivolously or mindlessly, I‘m decluttering and getting rid of many things crowding up space. And I must say that it‘s been a wonderful experience and that I don‘t miss the „good ol‘ days‘ of accumulating unneeded stuff at all.
Have any of you done something similar? And how’s that go for you?
Have a lovely day x
Post # 2
sparklyglitterbee : I’ve never done this, but your post really just inspired me. I might start with a no-spend *month* though lol how long did it take for your desire to buy things to decrease?
Post # 3
This is fabulous! I’ve curbed my spending way down out of necessity. We are supporting 3 houses and it’s got us stretched a bit thin. But I can’t give up my expensive face creams – I’m old and I need them or I’ll look like the Crypt keeper.
Post # 4
I think that‘s a fantastic idea! You should totally go for it! There are a few videos on youtube that you could check out.
2 weeks maybe? To be completely honest, I never *enjoyed* spending money (does anyone?), seeing the money I work two shitty jobs for, vanish pains me. However I do enjoy dressing well and looking my best. But I have a lot of clothing and make up to achieve that already (and that I‘ve never worn or used).
I think a great motivation for you to start and then keep going is to focus on WHY you‘re doing this (eg save money, change shopping habits, declutter your life ect)
Post # 5
sparklyglitterbee : I’ve done it before and it’s a good reminder to use up the things I bought on sale/in bulk but now it’s just how I generally operate. I use to always stock up on something when it went on sale, even if I wasn’t running low. Now I look in the cupboards and tell myself “you still have plenty and it will go on sale again before you run out”.
We have some big long-term goals and I always do a mental check to see if how much I really want something. And if it’s something I need I look for ways to make it cheaper.
Post # 6
I did a no spend month and it was pretty nice. I only allowed myself the things I needed. I had to have a new winter jacket and then my every day sneakers were getting holes. For me, needed items did not count.
I enjoyed it, it really made me look at how much I was just shopping out of boredom.
Post # 7
sunburn : Don’t say that! I‘m certain you look wonderful and not Crypt keeper-ish at all, face cream or not! 🙂
That‘s a great thing I think, keeping your spending down, I‘m sorry it‘s out of necessity though. I hope your situation isn‘t too much of a strain on you and that it‘ll improve soon. There are loads of people who wouldn‘t chose the difficult responsible path you did, but instead would just take out loans to keep their lifestyle up. Kudos to you!
Post # 8
sparklyglitterbee : Thank you. I just dread the 15th of the month when the bills are due. Wish we could sell this house.
Post # 9
Ive never done a full year (good for you!!!) but I do enjoy shorter bursts. I also like to do no (grocery) shop week/two weeks to try to use up what we have in the pantry and freezer.
For this year I’ve not bought myself any clothing, and tried to limit treats (for myself – ie starbucks). Unfortunately that hasn’t translated over to the dogs, so I’m still spending money on them lol. I also tend to buy things I don’t need – like MORE kitchen stuff.
Post # 10
I haven’t gone completely no-spend, but I’ve definitely been cutting out most of the non-essentials. I’ve found it helped to unsubscribe from a lot of emails so I’m not tempted by the good sales too lol.
We’ve been “kondo-ing” our house, slowly but surely. It feels great to have less “stuff”.
Post # 11
We are kinda doing a “live pay check to pay check” thing. I am maxing out savings, HSA for future baby, etc… then whatever is left over putting that ALL into mortgage (whole extra payment and then some). There is little left for unecessary spending… but enough to still have fun. So we aren’t literally living pay check to pay check but acting like we are. Really helps pay off debt if you have it or save up.
So basically half to 75% of my income is going into savings or mortgage.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
I went through all my make up and skincare stuff before Christmas to give all my unused and in date products to my local DV shelter and it was a real wake up call about how much I was spending on stuff I didn’t really need.
I cut back on clothing purchases a couple of years ago. I work in an office that is 15 men and me and tbh I could wear the same outfit 3 days in a row and no one would notice. My sister and best friend are always talking about their workwear wardrobes and smwhilst I like to purchase a few new things each season and I don’t worry that people will comment on me wearing the same shirt a lot. It’s been so long since I worked in a female dominated office so I’m curious if anyone feels s competitive element?
I do commend you for your no spend year. We have a few weddings to go to this year and I really like having a different dress for each. It’s my weakness I guess but I’m.definitely never going back to the days where I would spend hundreds of £s on stuff I may or may not wear.
Post # 13
LilliV : that‘s great, totally get the mindset of being „scared“ of running out!
mrswiggles34 : amazing! Gives you kind of a reality check, doesn’t it :p
jellybellynelly : I think using stuff up is a wonderful habit, great job! Haha can‘t deprive your fur babies from their luxuries can you, that would just be too cruel. (Also, kitchen stuff is such an adult thing to be excited about isn‘t it, I totally get it)
Post # 14
We haven’t set any specific parameters like this, but I have tried to cut my spending way down to save for wedding expenses. We set our goal savings to have by the time of the wedding and put it up on our fridge. Everytime one of us moves money into that savings account, we update the sheet. I love a real challenge so I want to be able to contribute as much as possible which means I’ve been shopping less than I normally would. Not a bad thing at all! 🙂
Post # 15
I am currently doing the same and having a similar experience. I definitely find myself “wanting” less and I love it!