Will anyone start a no spend day challenge with me?

(16 Posts)
tyaca Sat 20-Jun-15 21:19:40

I really want to do a No Spend Day challenge, a la Money Saving Expert. All very simple - you just take a calendar month and choose how many days you won't buy anything that month. And then post about it on an online forum, obvs grin

I've been looking at the NSD people on MSE and they're bloody mental. Also, I'm a lot more comfy here in MN.

So, someone, please join me? I need to stop spending money like it's going our of fashion. I'm a real dick when it comes to money.

RabbitSaysWoof Sat 20-Jun-15 22:33:13

I used to be great at this, unless it was fill the petrol tank or food shop day I could go days on end without spending, its gone to shit a bit lately, I need to get back on track.
My friend very kindly added my ds to her family annual sealife centre pass, but now I have to spend £10 to get myself in this week to sort out his card, I dont have the heart to say I'd rather not because it was nice of her to do it but we would never really go anywhere costing more than a fiver, added to that fathers day, taking ds's df for fathers day brekki and a bloody baby shower to get a gift for I'm getting the feeling again that I'm commiting to stuff out of politeness (except the breakfast which was my idea, just didn't realise it would fall on such a stretched week). This stops after this week I will just start planning free things again.

tyaca Sat 20-Jun-15 23:06:46

Baby-showers make me itch a bit ;-) All feels a bit American and grabby.

Will your ds get to go again with your mate's family now that he is on their card? Or is the the expectation that you will be taking him and spending many more tenners?

Feel like committing to some NSD with me? <<hopeful>>

RabbitSaysWoof Sun 21-Jun-15 19:53:16

No I think it's so that I can take him but its not like I need to tell her every time I take him so she wont know if he never goes, because she already listed him then told me I didn't get the chance to say its not our cuppa, I know it didn't cost her any extra tho it was a case of them having an extra space on a family of 4 ticket.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday will be my nsd's this week, tomorrow is a little food shop and the f day breakfast just seen harvester do £4.99 breakfasts might even have the continental for me its only £2.99! Wed I should find a baby gift and go sealife I wont be suckered into spending any more tho.
I hate baby showers too, only been to one I thought it was the most boring thing I've ever done in my life, just watched someone open present after boring present I thought it was like if Christmas was for just one person.
Good luck with this week I will be back next Sunday with a predicted NSD forecast for July.

tyaca Sun 21-Jun-15 21:13:26

Christmas for one person grin So true. I also hate the implication that babies need loads of stuff.

Have a good week Rabbit and I look forward to catching up with you in Sunday.

I think I can do 4 NSDs before Sunday. Need to buy SIL and sister's birthday presents, plus fill up the car but will do that on Tuesday when Tesco deliver. Not sure about Saturday - am hedging bets and calling it a spend day.

Will report back in a week

BangingTheDrums Tue 23-Jun-15 16:00:41

I'm in - going to try for 3 nsds between now and Sunday. Today is one, hooray.
Am crap with money - just fritter it away.

Mrscog Tue 23-Jun-15 16:04:08

We're going on holiday this week so it's going to be hard to join in, but definitely interested after that! I think I could manage Thursday as a NSD this week though, and will minimise spending on Friday by taking our own drinks and snacks for the car smile

tyaca Tue 23-Jun-15 22:32:53

Hello Banging and Mrscog.

Banging - you could not be a worse fritterer than me. I ran out of time to get petrol today so tomo will have to be a spend day.

Mrscog - holidays are a real spending flash point for me. We don't spend super amounts when we're away, but I get silly in the run ups. I hope you have a good break - come join us when you get back and have a lovely time.

Slimmerforsummer Wed 24-Jun-15 23:33:18

I'll join too smile most days I walk a circut that leads me past a petrol station and its a habit to call in to pick up "just some milk" and come out £20 lighter, only to go again the following day.
I've recently started tracking finances again after letting everything slip a bit, so this will be a great challenge.

I expect 2 NSDS up to (and inc) Sunday. Can't think ahead to the next week yet!

RabbitSaysWoof Sun 28-Jun-15 22:25:17

Bad week, 2 punctures £80 worse off on NSD luckily one could be fixed but had to buy a tire for the other. On the positive friend cancelled sealife but that just delays it until next month.
So next month I'm not frittering, I'm envelope budgeting for food, petrol and 2 special planed weekends (one away and one of activities) I will allow myself £20 more for activities for the whole rest of the month (luckily we have a dog and 3 quite special parks close by where we can park for free) I'm trying to get my shopping down from £130 to nearer £100 a month.

babsmam Mon 29-Jun-15 06:57:19

Hi guys. Good effort on Nsd challenges. If you want to come and say hi on the frugal monthly thread we are all very friendly and usually up for a challenge with Nsd.

haarsands Mon 29-Jun-15 07:01:51

Does a no spend day actually help? Genuine question. I am really good with money, but can't see how it could help.
Unless you are the type who fritters away on crap.

RabbitSaysWoof Mon 29-Jun-15 07:25:47

Obviously doesn't stop you spending on essentials over the month, but yeah helps me I don't hit the shops other than food shops so don't waste on buying stuff but stops me popping out for extra top ups and just makes me go without until the following week then I genuinely don't have a higher shopping bill the following week, previously if I fancied something I would go back to get it. I also only go on pre planned outings it would have been so easy this weekend to just go to softplay or swimming but we didn't use that option because nsd. I think it would backfire if nsd's were the only effort you made then you bought a giant tv on shopping day.

MrsHuxtableReturns Mon 29-Jun-15 14:43:20

I'd like to join. I'm a big fritterer.

Not sure how many NSDs I'll manage at the moment tough as I'm doing lots of activities with my pre-schoolers.

SheHasAWildHeart Mon 29-Jun-15 15:36:19

I need to join this! Am saving for a car and really need some NSD to get me there.
Working at a uni means there's a café and Costa always near you to go waste money on endless cups of tea! Am going to get through to Saturday without spending anything - bar petrol for the car. Then DD has two birthday parties but hoping to get presents from Home Bargains and keep the cost low!

SheHasAWildHeart Mon 29-Jun-15 15:37:29

And I think being sensible when going to the supermarket helps. Am not going to supermarket until Sunday until then I will have to cook and eat whatever I have at home!

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