Ballin' on a Budget | 'No Spend' April

Happy Friday, peeps! Sorry I was M.I.A yesterday, but things have been BANANAS here on the workfront the last couple of days. All really awesome things that involved me having to move my office, and the days have gone so fast. It's a good problem to have!

I do have a few minutes before I embark on my probably 5 hour commute home. Atlanta is officially an island since that interstate bridge collapsed yesterday, so I wanted to share with you guys a challenge I posed to myself for the month of April. 

Yes, tomorrow is April. Is your mind blown? Mine is. 

So I've been seeing these 'no spend' challenges going around these last couple of months, and I typically raise my eyebrows and shrug at them because I'm pretty miserly to begin with. 

Then as I was setting my budget for April a couple of nights ago, I thought to myself...am I really that miserly? Sure, I eat 99% of my meals at home, I don't shop all that much, and the purse I'm carrying is one I bought years ago. 

However, going through my finances, I did see some room for improvement... in typical Jenn places. I'm a sucker for coupons. I know I've talked about it before, but I get a rush of adrenaline when I see the 'You Saved' category of the receipt go over $20. A lot of the time, I'm buying in bulk things I don't even need. Remember when I had an entire shelf of face masks because they were $2.99 a box and I kept buying them every time I went to the store? 

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I still have some. That was six months ago. 

So while I'm pretty thrifty, there's always room for improvement. 

Can I go an entire month without spending money on anything but necessities? 

We're about to find out. 

Do you think you could go an entire month without buying anything you didn't actually need? And by need, I mean your life would be negatively impacted in 24 hours if you didn't have it. When you think about it, a lot of the things we think we need we actually don't. 

I'm actually looking forward to the results of this experiment and how much money I'll have saved by the end of the month. I bet my inventory of paper goods and toiletries goes down quite a bit. 

If I can survive Dry January, I can for sure survive No Spend April. Here we go! 

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Jennifer Gulbrandsen