The Minimalism Confessions Series is turning out to be one of my favorite posts to share. The feedback and stories that are shared with me personally are comforting and cherished. It seems the more I open myself up to you about my personal struggles, the more you open up with me. Each time you share something with me, you reaffirm the reason the blog exists.
Because of this amazing response to this series, I have decided to expand this month’s confession. Read all the way through to get the details, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me personally with any questions or ideas.
Minimalism Confessions Volume 3
When dealing with struggles, it is good to know you are not alone. Regardless if you consider yourself a minimalist or not, at some point you have struggled with this I am sure. But today we are going to discuss:
Normally, I am great with a budget. Maybe not to the penny, but I know my boundaries. However, with the farm growing, projects needing to be completed, and working to replace things within my wardrobe; my budget has been a little out of wack.
It is to the point that I am avoiding my checkbook, because I know I have neglected my boundaries. While I feel that I should be embarrassed by this, I am not. This happens to everyone at some point as we endure different seasons of our lives. Right now, I am in a season of growth, and my budget has suffered because of it.
Since I know I am not alone with having my budget get out of wack, I thought it would be fun to focus on getting my boundaries back in place with a budget challenge. To make it even better, I want to extend an invitation to you to make sure our budget is in tip top shape!
Starting August 1st, I will be hosting the No Spend Challenge on Instagram. If you follow any budgeting blogs, you have probably heard of it.
If you have not, here are the rules I will personally be using. Some bloggers who have done this challenge are more strict than these rules, but I have thought long and hard about how to make this challenge work for everyone.
No Spend Challenge Rules
#1 Paying loans and utility bills are acceptable. // I would not want anyone’s electricity or water turned off, so please make sure you do pay these during the challenge.
#2 Create a weekly budget for groceries and only purchase the items that are absolutely necessary. // While a weekly budget for groceries is allowed, make sure you spend this money on things necessary for breakfast, lunch, and dinner [and healthy snacks]. Junk food, sodas, and desserts are not deemed necessary for this challenge.
#3 Gas and Fuel are acceptable // Obviously we still have to go to work, run errands, and pay bills. We will need our vehicles, and therefore, need gas or fuel.
#4 No eating out via fast food or restaurants // Plan ahead, pack a lunch, and save some money! This is one of my biggest problem areas with my budget, and it is due to not planning ahead of time. I will be making my lunches on Sunday, so that I have no excuse to run and grab overpriced, unhealthy food.
#5 No “hobby” shopping // Stay away from the stores, online shopping, or any type of browsing that will tempt you to spend money on unnecessary things. Instead, fill your time with productive activities. Need a few suggestions? Check out this post I wrote a couple of months back!
Also, this will go the ENTIRE month of August, so prepare yourself! I want us all to succeed at this challenge!
What to expect with the No Spend Challenge
As stated above, this challenge will be hosted on my Instagram. I have collaborated with some amazing financial bloggers and YouTuber. Together we will be sharing our best budget tips and tricks! These ladies have a serious passion for budgeting, saving money, and getting creative with saving!
I know you are going to enjoy what we have organized for you!
All you have to do to participate or follow along with us is follow me! Easy peasy, right?!
There are going to be several LIVE events, with the first one being tonight at 8PM CST!
I am also going to do a Facebook Live Event for my blogger friend, Sami @ A Sunny Side Up Life, in her Facebook Community. If you want to join in, it will be Wednesday at 8PM CST, but make sure to request to join ahead of time. This group is closed, so you will have to be approved to attend the Live event!
I hope to see all of you tonight! If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact me via email at erin[at]awelderswife[dot]com.
P.S. Sorry this post went up so late in the day. Life jumped in the way big time, but I still wanted to get this to you, so here we are!