Can No Spend Days Save You Money?
The more you expose yourself to opportunities to buy things, the money you’ll spend. This is a statement I firmly believe in, especially given my experience with multiple trips to the grocery store within a single week. This got me thinking, could I reduce unnecessary spending by designating specific days of the week as days I am allowed to spend money, and others as no spend days?
Here’s what I’d like to try:
- Weekly Spending Plans: Create a weekly spending plan for our discretionary funds. One of the best ways to keep yourself from wasting your hard earned cash is to have a plan for it. If we know we have activities planned, or things either of us wants, we will continue to account for those expenditures.
- Designated Spending Days: Friday is the start of the weekend, and we like to go out to dinner, or movie, etc. Saturday is our day to find deals shopping day and there is one coupon site where you can get a variety of discounts from. Thus those two days make sense to be days where we allow spending. I’m also going to throw in Tuesday as a day that we can sweep up anything that we didn’t buy over the weekend, or can’t wait until Friday. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays are days when ZERO discretionary funds can be spent.
The goal here is not necessarily to decrease overall spending, although it might be a pleasant side effect. The goal is to make our spending more purposeful. If we have to wait a few days to make a purchase we have time to think about it and decide whether it’s really worth it. No spend days create a natural waiting period even for smaller purchases (I always have a waiting period for large purchases). If my wife and I can decrease wasteful and impulsive purchases, we will have more funds available for other things.
I’d like to try this for a period of a couple of weeks to see how it goes. I think the best way to measure success will be to (at least initially) write down things that I would have purchased on a no spend day that I ended up not purchasing at all.
What do you think, Clever Friends? Have you ever tried just not spending money for a period of time? How did it work for you?
Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.