Category Archives: Experiments

Day 7: 7 Days Without Spending A Dime

Day 7… phew! I can’t believe I actually made it. It has been a long and tough journey but the end is almost here. I now have less than 24 hours to go until I can call this experiment a success.

Almost Failed Today…

My girlfriend dragged me to the grocery store this morning so she could pick up some eggs and we had to walk past the beer section while there. As it turns out, we only had 1 beer in the fridge and I had two games to watch. I tried to hint to her that we needed beer, but she caught on and told me no. I was really tempted to just spend the 13 bucks so I could watch the game and drink some beer. I figure I’ve already suffered enough. Instead of going to the bar and watching Sunday football, I’m stuck at home watching it on our 13 inch TV with rabbit ears.

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Day 6: 7 Days Without Spending A Dime

Day 6 is here and I have some news to share from last night. I managed to make it through the night without spending any money and had a great time at the show. Here is how it went:

The Doug Stanhope Show

The show was awesome and one of the best I have seen. It started out with a local comedian that lives here in Tempe. Following him, one of Doug’s completely shitfaced friends took the stage and then it got interesting. The crowd turned on him half way through his skit and there was no way he could of gotten them back on his side.

After listening to that guy get booed for awhile, Doug Stanhope finally came out and the crowd did a complete 180. Doug’s show was awesome and I never stopped laughing. It was definitely explicit which is what made the show so damm funny.

During the show, my girlfriend bought me 2 rum and cokes. I wasn’t going to sit there and make her drink by herself so I gratefully accepted :). Even if I would have bought the drinks, it would of been a lot less than I spend at the bar on other occasions.

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Day 5: 7 Days Without Spending A Dime

Friday is finally upon us, which means it is officially day 5 of my experiment to not spend any money for 7 days. So far, I am still going strong. However, some rough times are ahead going into tonight.

Dough Stanhope Tonight

Tonight at 7 I am going with my girlfriend to see my favorite comedian, Doug Stanhope. If you have never heard of him, check out a short clip of his act over at We Demand Videos. He is a little edgy when it comes to the stuff he says, which I why I love his act.

The hardest part is going to be not spending any money on drinks. They might have a two drink minimum which is going to make it difficult. I am going to try and pull the designated driver card and see if I can get some soda for free. Then I can bust out my handy hip flask and dump some Sailor Jerry’s rum in it. Otherwise I plan to just drink a little before hand and then go.

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Day 4: 7 Days Without Spending A Dime

Well everyone, Day 4 of my experiment to not spend a dime has come. It is getting a little harder as the week rolls on, especially since Thursday night is almost here. But I am convinced that I can pull this off somehow, I just need to stick with it.

The Urge To Spend

I wrote yesterday about having an urge to go spend money on anything. Luckily, that feeling has passed now and I have not had any urges since. I have actually grown to like the idea of saving money. I keep coming up with little things to do to help keep my mind off of it. Here are some of the things I have done today:

Whipped Out The Rollerblades

I felt like I was going a little crazy this morning, so I decided to get outside and enjoy the weather. I busted out my sweet rollerblades and took a nice ride around the town. It felt great to get outside and see people instead of looking out the window.

It reminded me how much I enjoy the little things like going for walks and rollerblading. These things are easy to forget about when you are too busy spending money on random things like going to the movies.

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Day 3: 7 Days Without Spending A Dime

Day 3 of my experiment is already here. So far, it has been fairly easy to not spend any money. However, I have had to make a few changes in my daily routines. Here is what has been different so far:

Going Out On Tuesdays

I normally go out on Tuesdays for some wings and beer and a local bar. However, I passed it up last night for the experiment. What I realized is that I didn’t even miss it that much and saved like 25 dollars. That’s 100 dollars a month in savings by not going out one day a week.

Instead, I ate dinner at home and made a good ol’ Sailor Jerry and coke. I had just as much fun sitting at home than I would of at the bar.

Renting Movies From Blockbuster

Another thing I tend to do is rent movies from Blockbuster. For some reason I have been on a renting movie kick the last few weeks and it is expensive. A new release is like 5 dollars and 3 a week is another 120 dollars a month. A big waste of money if you ask me.

Instead, I have started to watch some of my own movies that I forgot about. I normally work on my computer while I am watching them so it really doesn’t matter which one I am watching. If I want to watch a new release, I watch it from a different “source.” :)

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