Sunday, August 21
Updates on my No Spend Month Challenge
Last month, I challenged myself to a NO Spend month starting July 19, and yesterday, it ended. I want to congratulate myself for at least not getting tempted at even the small things that look cute or smells good or something I think is really sexy on me. I practiced frugality, really, and even if my pocket wanted to burst with eagerness to buy a new blouse to be used for my latest interview, I did not shell out a dime.
It was hard knowing I could not eat on fine dining restaurants, and I could not drop by the mall to buy stuffs I want even if there was this 10-day sale going on at Robinson's Place. I was very disciplined and I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to save, so I did.
Guess what? I spent less, maybe because my salary was actually delayed for a month and I only got to receive it just this 17th, and so when my challenge ended on the 19th, I bought myself a new white blouse which, still practicing frugality, was only 50% off the regular price of P800, and it was really a nice white blouse I have always wanted.
I learned to go directly home and not dropping by the mall for some bite. The husband and I learned to buy bread and bring home so the kids could also enjoy it. I got visitors last week but I was able to prepare good food for lunch good for 6 persons which only cost me P400 for the following dishes: sinigang na hipon, pork liempo, and seashells (imbao or halaan). Yay!
I learned not to be tempted with ice cream, and my favorite Cornetto, nah! How i missed Cornetto, and I only dropped by the mall for groceries.
Just when I needed to save money at the first week of my No Spend challenge, I was precribed antibiotics by my doctor, and 2 kinds, ugh. But all these things went well, I bought all the meds, and regained strength right after. No need for additional meds. Bawal magkasakit.
I guess I won in the challenge. What I got was a savings of P2990, really, and after having that saved amount, I immediately deposited it in our meager bank savings.
See, it helps to save! And it helps a lot if your partner is supportive. If there's one thing I learned about this No Spend Challenge, it is that you can save for the emergency fund just by limiting what you shell out. And guess what, I can count by my fingers how many times we bought Coke.
This No Spend Challenge will then, remain!