The “Ten Items of Happiness” Challenge was a roaring success, not just for me but with you guys as well! I’m so happy and jazzed about actually completing a challenge that I got to snooping around on the internet and found one I think I’d like to take on. I find it appropriate, especially given that I’m “funemployed” at the moment, so check it out and let me know what you think.
It all started with this girl Anna Newell Jones who started her blog “And then She Saved” based on her Spending Fast/Diet Plan. Between 2010 and 2011 she managed to save 26,000.00 by only spending on actual NEEDS. And I’m not talking “oh,but I have to budget to go to the movies because I’ll kill my husband/boyfriend/child” needs,but literal, actual needs.
“Oh, so you want to live like you are actually miserably poor?” My friend asked.
Anna Newell Jones was able to do it for two years. I’m not going to kid myself and so I’m going to try it for a month and record my progress here. If it works out, I may go for another two months. She suggests you do it for a YEAR because apparently the longer you go, the easier it gets. I’m just not that motivated/in that much debt. But I do like the idea of going cold turkey with your spending, which I have been doing way too much of these days. Sometimes going EXTREME is the best way to go.
She cut out nearly ALL of the unnecessaries, including beauty supplies, trips to the salon, GIFTS (of which I’ve spent 666.00 on this year alone, and it hasn’t even hit Christmas yet) , daily coffee, eating out, even the internet on her phone. Am I the only one who considers having GPS on your phone a neccesity?
She did still keep paying for rent, gas, groceries, her cell phone, and a gym membership (because lets face it, everyone needs one of those). She allowed herself a box of hairdye every now and again, and so I’m going to claim my “exemption”…which is getting my eyebrows done. I promise, you’ll thank me for this later.
I’m excited to get going, but for continuity’s sake I’m going to wait until next Monday to start the “fast”. Guess I better enjoy all the eating out I can this weekend!
How much do you think you would save if you ONLY bought what you TRULY needed (food, clothing, shelter)?