Update: No spend year

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Post # 16
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Blushing bee

sparklyglitterbee :  Thanks bee! Maybe I’ll work up the courage to be as good as you ๐Ÿ™‚ I picked up a second job and I think that definitely helps. Keeps me out of trouble (aka buying things!) and brings in extra $$ lol. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I would die but I’m glad for you!

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

sparklyglitterbee :  I am utterly amazed at you, bee. It is freaking JULY omg! Where’d you get that iron-clad self-control of yours?!

also, how much money have you saved? how often did you buy “frivolous” things before? how much money did you used to spend on those things, on average?

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

Congratulations bee! You have done amazingly well!

I do remember your previous post about this. I have really been cutting back myself and I have noticed a difference too. I haven’t bought any clothing, lotion, cogne etc since Xmas and I allow myself one Starbucks per week, the rest of the time I make myself a latte at home. I do still eat out more than I should, so I need to do better in that area.

We have just moved to a new house, so in preparation, I purged so much stuff it was crazy. It’s amazing how much you can accumulate without even trying! I’ve been doing some reading about the minimalist movement and somehow it’s really speaking to me! Im going to keep trying and your efforts are extra motivating!

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Super good going bee! Very impressive and inspiring. And actually something that is benefiting all of us since you are generating less waste from packaging etc so thank you gery much!

I did this over lent, and through reading this now I feel inspired to do it again, perhaps for August and October this year. Previously I did it for other reasons relating to wanting to be freed from that toxic overconsumption mindset, but I have to admit, this time around your impressive savings is what js pushing me to try it again! 

Thanks for updating us!!

Post # 26
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Helper bee

So I set myself up to do this – or very similar this year! 

I just did about 6 months of no spending on – clothes, makeup & beauty expenses.

Which when I budgeted my money, it looked like my savings would sky rocket.

 

Instead I got sick, and endured bill after bill depleating my savings each week before I even got to see them rack up! Treatment costs are now factored into my spending and I’m starting again.

I had saved myself a good chunk of cash for one big clothing blowout, a haircut and a well deserved massage before starting the next 6 months – no spending again. I’m excited for savings to REALLY start. 

 

Good Luck for the rest of your year!

 

 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

Well done bee! Do you have a partner? If yes, are they participating? I thibk I would struggle and definately would struggle more if I was doing this and partner wasn’t. Similar way when dieting.

I’d love to give this a try. Maybe start with a month and then add more. I know my biggest spend is on unnecessary food. I like to buy a drink, eat out occasionally go out and get a treat. Have you cut these out and only bought essential food items? How about entertainment? Going to cinema etc.? I know we can all make our own rules, but I’m curious ๐Ÿ˜Š

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