This past week my husband and I decided we would have the ‘week of no.’ That meant no spending on anything (except bills). I hated it. Loathed it.
You see, my husband and I love to shop. We are foodies, we love fashion and decorating our house. However, lately, that spending (or my spending) has gotten a bit out of hand. Yeah, there I admitted it.
This ‘week of no’ was to help us all with a re-set. No frivolous spending, could I do it? Well, sort of. Halfway through the week, I may have made an online purchase (which I had to return to the mall this past weekend). Walking out of the mall with no bags was a new feeling–one that felt strange but nice.
Fast forward to this weekend when our dishwasher stopped working completely. After the ‘week of no,’ we were now looking at possibly having to spend a few hundred dollars. Oh, and did I mention our credit card payment was also due at the same time as the repairs? Curse you, karma!
Basically, what I am trying to say is that we never know when unexpected bills are going to hit. The ‘week of no’ wasn’t pleasant, however, I learned that controlling my spending is important. I can treat myself but not every single day.
I highly suggest trying out a ‘week of no’ in your own homes. You may not enjoy it, however, you will learn that sometimes it is best to say no.