It all started on Friday afternoon during my lunch break. I was scouring realtor.com for houses and decided to calculate the total $ amount we’ve spent on rent over the past five years. (Don’t ever do that.) It made me want to move out and buy a tiny house and land a spot on HGTV, but it also gave me the motivation I needed to rethink my relationship with money and refocus on saving.
Kyle and I sat down together on Friday night and revised our budget. We set financial goals. And I told Kyle I wanted to initiate $0 weekends once a month. (It goes without saying, but this means going an entire weekend without spending a dime. Obviously.)
It’s a small thing. But it got our month—our year—off on the right foot. And I’m telling you, it was fantastic.
Don’t get me wrong, it was hard saying no to Ellie’s Doughnuts at the farmers market. Maybe this isn’t how you are, but Kyle and I tend to have treat-yo-self attitudes on the weekends. We need an attitude adjustment, frankly. This year, we’re going to continually remind ourselves that we don’t have to say yes to everything, and we don’t have to have everything. (And this girl is going to purge Instagram accounts I follow that push me to buy, buy, buy all the time.)
It’s Sunday night, and we feel rested. Ready. Rich, in all the non-financial ways.
The weather was g l o r i o u s this weekend. It felt nothing like January—more like April. So we went on walks, and we read, and we cooked (thankful we planned ahead on groceries!), and we cleaned.
We’re gonna keep this up. Shooting for the first weekend of every month (but planning to be flexible). If you’re like us and turn into Tom Haverford on the weekends, I’m gonna tell you what 0 bloggers will ever tell you. SPEND $0. Give it a try.