Five years ago, I embarked on my spending fast — a challenge to only spend money on necessities for an entire year.
I was looking to get my spending back on track, save some money and get rid of the clutter that comes along with having a lot of stuff. Though the fast was trying at times, I managed to substantially improve my financial situation without the help of finance professionals by only funding my needs (think: rent, utilities, food, gym membership), and leaving my wants (meals out, new clothes, fancy haircuts) by the wayside.
In the end, I extended the challenge timeline to 15 months, and managed to completely eliminate my $24,000 debt in that time. I now know that living a fulfilling, enjoyable life doesn't have to involve that expensive night out or frivolous shopping spree.
Creative, free activities can bring you just as much joy as anything money can buy. See if you can incorporate any of these 10 ideas into your routine today. Happy (non) spending!