A no spend year is all very well, but there are some items that are harder to resist than others. These are items where I must endeavour to use caution. I have no interest in buying clothes, shoes, jewellery, ornaments, make-up, fragrance, sexy underwear, books, expensive meals out, overseas or big holidays, a new car or anything in that area.
But where I find the slope can be quite slippery is on the items that could almost masquerade as acceptable.
So for example, we are a house of coffee drinkers. That being said, whilst we have permission to buy carefully selected coffee in our weekly shop, we do not have permission to buy takeaway coffees ($11:00 for two - sometimes more). Well we do have permission I suppose. I don't believe in prohibition, but I do believe in finding a way round something, to achieve a similar end, but in a frugal way. So, being organised with our reusable cups when we go for a drive is an acceptable solution to the takeaway coffee situ. But, it relies on my having self-control and being organised.
Don't know why this is an issue at all, since most of the coffees I have had from a takeaway venue are always horrible. Sometimes too cold, too milky, no taste, too horrible! I am the Golidilocks of coffee and I want coffees that are just right...so we make them ourselves. Best solution.
Then there's water. I have been known to forget to take a pre-filled bottle and have had to buy some from a shop. This is simply down to my bad planning and must be outlawed in this time of non-essential spending.
Then there's the Achilles heel of the Saturday night, feeling like chocolate/cake/crap food are required. This can be overcome with pre-bought popcorn kernels and something lovely, but not in the same league as piles and piles of junky snacks. Some nuts perhaps...
I'm not sure I have any other downfalls. Maybe I will discover some as time progresses. We do have a wedding and an 80th birthday coming up, so money will have to be spent on a gift and paying for our dinner at the birthday get-together, but I don't resent that. I don't expect to have the birthday girl pay for our family's dinner. Also my good friend is getting married and I don't mind giving the happy couple some $$ for some treats for themselves. I like her a lot and want to contribute.
These types of occasions are few and far between and they are not things that I have chosen to spend money on willy-nilly, so I think this can still fit in with my actions.
How are you watching the $$, pounds and pennies?
Today was a NO SPEND DAY.