What I learnt from a month of the no spend challenge

What I Learnt From The No Spend Challenge, spending detox

I constantly struggle with frivolous spending, so I am starting the new year with a no spend detox: no spend challengeΒ for the month of January! Aside from the essential necessities like groceries and food, I am not to spend on anything else, including things like clothes, cooking accessories, tech toys, etc.

It’s now three weeks past January and here’s what I learnt:

1. I spend without thinking. I am so used to consuming and buying things that I don’t hesitate much to make a purchase if its less than $20 😱

– Bought a hand brushing pen set because one of my to-dos this year is to start practicing calligraphy.

– Signed up for 50gig of iCloud because I was lazy to synchronised content manually across my Apple devices.

– Bought the {The And} app because suddenly I remembered that I wanted to get it to play with The Husband.

– Bought tickets to a personal finance conference because my friend couldn’t attend thinking it would be a good opportunity to learn more about personal finance

2. On the occasions which I remembered I wasn’t supposed to buy anything, I actually have a solution for it without the need to spend:

– Wanted to buy an egg mould for frying cauliflower rice pancake, but when I went back home to dig through my cupboard, I realised I had a mini circular cake mould that would do the trick.

– Wanted to buy a measuring cup but didn’t get the chance to do so. Realised later that I had a measuring cup at home after all.

– Wanted to sign up for calligraphy classes, but wasn’t sure of which dates to pick. Found out that there are really good free calligraphy classes online! Here’s a list of 50 free tutorial and pro tips if you’re keen on calligraphy.

3. Most of the time I purchase things thinking it will make me feel good, but after the initial glow, the item is really pretty much forgotten.

– Here’s aΒ research showing that we indulge in compensating consumerism – buying things unconsciously to boost our damaged self-worth.

– Case in point – do I really need 3 Bluetooth keyboards?! πŸ˜“πŸ™ˆI bought each keyboard thinking it will make me more productive. It makes me feel like a savvy tech person when I imagine whipping out the keyboard to type at cafes. In reality, these keyboards are lying around in my cupboard.

Too much stuff

Although I definitely didn’t succeed in the no spend challenge,Β it is like a financial audit of my consumerism life. It made me realised how often I mindlessly buy and consume things, even non-physical things like apps! The Guardian released this poignant article with a hilarious and on the spot headline: Marie Kondo, you know what would spark joy? Buying less crap”

January’s not over yet and I’m not giving up on the challenge!πŸ’ͺ🏻

Took up a no-spend challenge? Let me know what you thought of it and how you survived or not survived it! Looking for a tag team partner in this challenge? Hit me up!πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Β πŸ’‘ Thinking of what to do during a no spend challenge? Why not check out Admiralty Park and Woodlands Waterfront for a spectacular view of the Straits of Johor.

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4 thoughts on “What I learnt from a month of the no spend challenge

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