2017 "No Spending" Challenge: February Update February 18, 2017 10:27 AM   Subscribe

This is a bit late, but we wanted to share the progress of the 2017 Metafilter "No Spending" Challenge so far!

[If you'd still like to join, membership is always open on the Google Group!]

We asked participants to share their financial and spending successes so far this year, if willing, so that they could be shared here with the rest of the community:

From MeFite kalimac:
"I came in under-budget on a lot of my line items (thanks YNAB!), but the biggest thing has been being inspired to find different ways to accomplish my goals. Remembering to check the library first, or waiting three days until I make a purchase. I worried that I'm really nickel-and-diming myself; does it make *that* much of a difference to go and work in a library rather than a coffeeshop? (Answer: yes, yes it does.) But I've got a little bit of money to spend on fun stuff; it's just rationing myself to not blowing it all on impulse purchases. Knowing that I've got a whole community to support me has made that hella lot easier!"

From an anonymous MeFite:
"... I bought little more than the bare minimum of groceries in January, and saved 63% of my pay. So I can now buy a 2.5 year old car in cash before my current rattler runs out of rego at the end of February."

From another anon MeFite:
"Here it is Feb 06 and I've brought my lunch every work day since the new year!"

For me, I've managed to create and stick to a budget on YNAB, stop window shopping (both online and in brick and mortar stores), and stop impulse buying when I'm stressed out. The first three weeks were the toughest, but it now feels a lot more natural to say "no" to a tempting purchase.

Keep up the great work, everyone!
posted by nightrecordings to MetaFilter-Related at 10:27 AM (4 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

What a nice update - way to go, non-spenders/choosy-spenders!
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 10:28 AM on February 18 [1 favorite]


Good job, everyone!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:23 AM on February 20


Thanks for the update!
I had forgotten that I signed up to this, and have done a terrible job with budgets this year. So I'll come over and actively engage a bit better soon.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:14 AM on February 20


I've been forgetting to drop by as well. grrrrr
posted by JanetLand at 11:10 AM on February 21


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