A Week Without Money

It’s hard to believe that I’m already reaching the halfway point of the Financial Health month.  August seems to be flying by.

I still have two week-long projects to complete.  Tomorrow begins my week without money.  My fiscal fast.

What is that, you ask?

Actually, it’s very simple.  For seven days, I have committed to not spending any money.  None at all.  No random purchases.  No going out to eat.  For a week, I will just make do with what I already have.

It’s an exercise in restraint.  I first read about it several years ago in a book by author Jeff Yeager.  He came up with the idea while socked in during a particularly bad snow storm.  His family was trapped at home for a few days due to the blizzard, so they had no choice but to make the best of what was in the house.  It resulted in some creativity in the kitchen and some nice familial bonding.

I just want the practice.  I want to be more mindful of what leaves my pocket.

And it will give me time to plan the other remaining challenge for Financial Health month.  I’ve wanted to complete a food stamp challenge for some time.  I actually started one last year, but had to abandon it because of a hospitalization.  For one week, I will commit to preparing my meals on a budget consistent with the allowance received by an individual in the SNAP program.  I will need time to research current food prices and plan menus for the week.  I want to make the week as healthy as possible.  That will be part of the challenge as well.

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