Often, people go into no-spend challenges, spending freezes or financial fasts just thinking about the money they’ll save. That’s definitely a huge component, but I’ve grown to love hitting the reset button on spending every so often because of these perks that don’t directly deal with money.
- Spending “shopping time” on other things—more important things. Money and time seem to multiply when you don’t shop.
- Greater appreciation of the little things. Free candy from a coworker or spending more time with family instead of at sales could make you ridiculously grateful when your wallet’s closed.
- Better differentiation between needs and wants. This is key for slaying debt. You gotta spend on things you truly need and value.
- Looser jeans. Eating home-cooked meals and rationing out meals to last a whole week (or however long you choose) can reduce your waistline.
- More self-control. That discipline muscle will get a workout. You’ll get better at telling yourself “No” and maybe get more strict with portion sizes to stretch meals.
- Cleaner pantry. It’s wise to use up what’s in your fridge and cabinets instead of wasting food, buying more groceries or eating out.
- More creativity. When you clear out your pantry, you end up mixing odd ingredients in stir fries or eating breakfast for dinner to use up your pancake mix.
- Less clutter. You have less stuff when you buy less stuff. Easier said than done sometimes, right?