How To Save Money: Don’t Buy Anything

I was browsing Pinterest last week (as I often do late at night) and I came upon a ton of articles that said “How to save _______(insert amount of money) in 2016!”  or “How to save BIG! on Black Friday!”, and it got me to thinking.  What’s the best way to save money?  That’s right, don’t buy anything.

Spending the last 6 months in a 1 bedroom apartment with my best friend has taught me a thing or two, the biggest one is that I have way too much stuff.  Now, my stuff is not junk, its just too much stuff I haven’t gotten around to using up.  I have like 6 bottles of shampoo, all perfectly usable, I just reach for different ones on different days.

The first thing I did when I got home was cancel my monthly box services.  I’ve got so many samples I’m going crazy.  It’s not that I don’t like the samples, I just need to use up what I have before I pile on more.  The 2nd thing I did was figure out what I wanted to donate.  I’m going to do a post on this later.  There are a lot of things I was surprised to find I could donate that people could use that were just sitting around my house not getting any love.

The next step I decided was to do a “No Spend” month.  It’s kinda crazy to do a no spend month in the middle of the Christmas season, but I like a challenge, so here I go.  My rules are simple.  If I have a gift alternative, I don’t buy the gift.  I have Mary Kay inventory coming out my ears so I have some pretty great alternatives.  If I can make it in the time until Christmas, I don’t buy a gift.  My mom is looking forward to some hand-knit socks so that is in the bag. (oh she knows and loves that I make her socks)   I have left room for a few exceptions such as food and necessities, but I’m going to try my hardest to not spend on anything I can make do with a product I have.

So the freebie for this week is a halfsheet of No Spend stickers.  These fit the little NOTES box in the bottom of my Plum Paper planner and are just a little longer than a normal ECLP square.  I also made an exceptions box which is about a half box ECLP size.  I know it’s not ideal, but it works for me so it’s what I made since it’s what I have. (no spend and all)  The page is actually letter sized with 2 sets on the page when you download it so you get two months or 8 weeks.  Enjoy!

NoSpendHalfsheet

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