Tuesday, May 26, 2015

No Spend Challenge

When I wrote the post about the things I would do if I wasn't afraid, I was hesitant to put some of those things out there because it made me feel vulnerable. And that is one feeling I try my hardest to avoid. But I did it- and it actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. For a few of the items, I really wanted to defend or explain them more but I challenged myself not to and that was probably the most hardest of it all.

One of the items was to know that happiness is found in more than a store and in this post I'm not only going to explain what I meant but also share with you how I plan to challenge myself in a way I've never done before.

I love shopping. I love the feeling of looking through the brightly colored clothing displays, accessories, handbags and shoes. I love the feeling of purchasing something new and the excitement of wearing something for the first time. While I'm by no means spending our mortgage on new clothes or going into debt,  I cringe when I think of all the experiences or savings that could have been if I hadn't spent it on material things. It's like after the bills have been paid and I have extra money, I get giddy of excitement at what I could spend it on. A new shirt? Shoes? Clothes or shoes for the girls? Why not?! I tell myself it's ok because the bills have been paid and it's ok to treat myself to some retail therapy. 

Receiving emails like these do not help the cause 

But when I realize that my urge to shop is more than just retail therapy; that I get the urge to shop when I'm happy, bored or upset, that is something I need to look more into. So, with that I am taking on the challenge of not spending any money during the month of June. When I told Will my plans he gave me a look that suggested he didn't quite take me seriously. But serious I am. 

I am challenging myself to not purchase any clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes, fingernail polish or even Target one spot finds. Just typing this is filling me with a small hint of panic. I am going to try not to purchase even items that can be clarified as wants vs. needs. But let's take small steps. But the clothes and shoes are a definite part of the no spend challenge. Wish me luck!! I will post updates along the way, probably with white knuckles on my Visa.

                                        One of my last Target One Stop finds for awhile...

This weekend was spent in Lansing and we had a fantastic time as always. By traveling just four hours away it's like being transported to somewhere quieter and peaceful. Life slows down a little and we're not surrounded by a Starbucks and Target at every corner. We hope everyone had a great, long weekend and were able to spend it with family and friends. On this day, we remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives.

                                      Fishing with Poppa- unfortunately the fish weren't biting that day

                                                                       Helping plant veggies

                                                         Just a girl in her diaper and rain boots

                                                                      Rainy Sunday afternoon 

                                                                            Sunday game night 

PS- To those that noticed the wonky font. I'm sorry but I just don't have the brain power to figure out why and how to fix it.