Stylebaggage contributor: Mrs. Colleen
After a day of painting the house, the last thing I wanted to do was make dinner, so we went out for happy hour. I could ramble on with a list of excuses but I’m not going to bother because the bottom line is that we blew our “No Spend Diet” on day 26 with only 5 days remaining of the challenge. Our teen blew it by going to a sporting event on the 27th day. I felt guilty, at first, until I realized the achievements this month has brought:
1) My goal to unload our freezer was a success. When I did my inventory at the beginning of the month, we had 87 items to consume. We ate 47 of them over the course of the month and cleared out more than half of the freezer goods. We had similar success with our pantry items.
2) We spent a lot more time together as a family. This was a highlight for me because like most teenagers, our teen is normally out and about with his friends on the weekend.
3) We ate at home and in turn, we ate healthier foods. This challenge opened our eyes up to how often we had gone out for pizza, burgers, and Mexican fast food. This was our teen’s favorite part of the challenge and one thing he hopes we stick with. He really loved the menu planning.
4) It encouraged creativity. For instance, when we ran out of our teen’s trail mix, he made his own using a variety of ingredients that we already had on hand.
5) We saved money. It’s hard to come up with an exact dollar amount but it’s undeniable that not going out to eat or spending money on frivolous things for a month is a money saver.
So the question is, would we do it again? In the same way that I think a cleanse or a fast is a good way to jump start a diet, I think the “No Spend” diet is a good way to reevaluate your budget and priorities. Our teen also said he would be on board to do it again. My husband…not so much.