The No Spend Challenge is becoming more popular as the cost of living goes up and the wages do not rise at the same rate.
For many people, the weekend is the release from 5 days of working hard. Most of us do long hours at work which leaves us tired and unable to enjoy our evenings.
This leads to us all longing for the weekend where we can go out with
So inevitably the next drink or that dinner out we have been longing for goes straight onto the credit card. It feels good at the time but in reality its not the smart option when it comes to a good work/life balance.
What Is A No Spend Weekend/challenge?
There are various ways to try a No Spend Challenge, Some people try a day, some a no spend weekend and others a month or year. So it is exactly what the title says. You go the whole weekend without spending a penny. Not a single cent, dime, penny. Too often we spend too much money on the weekend.
Think about how much one family meal out or a few drinks with friends on a
Ok so cooking may not seem incredibly exciting but it can be fun if there is two of you. Get yourself into the kitchen and prepare something using only the ingredients you have in the cupboards. Buying more ingredients would be cheating so this is not allowed.
Also if you end up making something like lasagne or bolognese you can batch it up and store in the freezer. This saves money and time on a future evening after work when you have a meal ready to be thrown in the microwave for a quick dinner.
As an avid cook myself this makes for the perfect no spend challenge for me as I get to be creative in the kitchen.
Go For A Long Walk
So this may again not seem exciting and it may not be possible for some people who struggle with mobility. However going for a walk gets you fresh air,
I spoke about
One of my favorite days is a duvet day. We all work so hard during the week at our jobs that a duvet day is perfect for one of your weekend days. If its miserable weather outside then a duvet day becomes even better.
Stream your favorite shows, browse your favorite websites or read a book. Just relax and get some sleep as well.
My wife and I completed a no spend challenge by combining Netflix with cooking using ingredients in the kitchen. What a great lazy no spend weekend that was.
Declutter Your Home
Go up into the loft or spare bedroom and have a clear out. Any boxes you ha
Be ruthless and throw stuff if your
Play Board Games
I know you are getting visions of paying monopoly and someone losing their temper and throwing the board. It
So get some friends over, Get some food and drink (From your own cupboard people, No cheating) and enjoy good company and spend some of those weekend hours without spending.
Deep Clean Your Home
This is never going to be high up on your list of things to do. However the feeling of getting to the end of the day and seeing your living area all tidy and the kitchen gleaming is pretty special.
Not only have you spent no money for that day, but also you have achieved in getting your house looking great. This means when you wake up on Sunday you can relax for another full no spend challenge day with no chores on your mind.
Supermarket Clubcard Vouchers
Apologies to my overseas readers for this one. Most supermarkets in the UK do vouchers which can be earned by spending on your normal weekly shop.
These vouchers can then be exchanged for free days out at theme parks and other Uk attractions which means a great free day out for you and the kids that would normally cost over £100. A great way to spend a spend free day.
Netflix Binge Day
Ok so this idea is only appropriate if you actually own a Netflix or similar subscription but binge-watching box sets are the perfect way to stop you spending money.
As long as you have some food and drink in the house then your all set. Fire up the best streaming site you have access to and snuggle up with your partner and while away those hours without spending any money at all.
I was never a huge fan of reading when I was younger. However, as I have got older I have grown into it and now as long as the book grabs my attention I can get lost for a good few hours.
If you have an Amazon Kindle then there are free books you can download so that you keep
Seems obvious to come after reading but why don’t you write something. It could be a list of things to do when you have a weekend when you are spending or a list of DIY that needs doing around the house.
You could maybe start a blog as I did, you can do this without spending any money and there will be a series of articles coming soon which will explain how to go about this.
If your anything like me then doing a no spend weekend isn’t really a huge deal. For my next No Spend Challenge, I will probably try a whole week. I sometimes do a no spend weekend without even thinking about it, However, there are people that do it to extremes.
Some people can go months or even a whole year with no spending. That’s a little bit too crazy for me but just to get you inspired now you have read my article have a little look at this lady and her incredible no spend challenge. Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments what you did on your No Spend Weekend.