Day 2: 7 Days Without Spending A Dime

It’s officially been over 24 hours since I kicked off my experiment to go 7 Days Without Spending A Dime. So far, it’s been rather easy. I haven’t had any real needs as far as buying things so it has not bothered me at all yet. I normally do not leave the house much on the weekdays so the weekend is going to be the tough part.

Anyways, after receiving a few comments yesterday, I wanted to clarify where I got this idea from. This entire experiment was based off of the article “The Agony of Seven Days Without Spending” which was found on In it, the author wrote about what it was like to go seven days without spending any money. However, I thought it was a very lame attempt at the experiment.


Starting the first day of the article, the author had already started begging others for money and promised to pay them back. This makes the experiment way less interesting in my opinion. He even eats out one day and has his friend pick up the tab. This voids the experiment if you ask me.

My Experiment Will Be Better

I vow to keep my experiment real. I will try 100% to not spend any money nor ask others for it. I will come up with my own ideas on how to get by without spending. I have plenty food stocked up in the cupboards that hasn’t been touched in a long time. Say hello to Spaghettio’s.

Tough Times Ahead

Upon starting the experiment yesterday, I forgot about a few things coming up that are going to make this experiment way more work than expected. First up, my girlfriend and I have tickets to go see Doug Stanhope this weekend at a bar here in Phoenix. He is one of my favorite comedians and it’s going to be pretty hard to not order a few drinks. My hopes are to come up with a solution by then (already have a few ideas).

Secondly, the Arizona Cardinals play the New York Giants on Sunday. It should be a pretty good game since it is the best team the Cardinals have faced all year. I’d love to go to the bar to watch it, but no spending is going to make that tough. Once again I will have to come up with a solution.

What I Hope To Get Out Of This Experiment

Following this experiment, I really hope to come up with a few great ideas on how to save some extra money. I have been trying more and more to save up to do some traveling and I hope this will help even more.

Stay tuned, I still have a long ways to go…

7 thoughts on “Day 2: 7 Days Without Spending A Dime

  1. Adam Pieniazek

    How about them Cardinals!

    Do you consider bartering fair game? If I was you I’d explain your experiment to the bartender/waitress at the Stanhope show/bar and hope they give you a few drinks on the house. Play the struggling blogger card!

  2. Justin Post author

    @ Adam: I’m not sure if bartering would be fair game. I guess technically it would not be spending money but finding a way around it.

    That is a good idea though. My plan was to drink before hand at home and then take the good ol’ hip flask and drink some booze with water. That’s one way of doing it.

  3. Dwayne from Probably Sucks Blog

    Here are a few nice ways Justin. And once again no need to thank me for the helpful tips, the pleasure is all mine.

    1. Rob people and take their money. So technically, you’re spending other peoples money not your own.

    2. Threaten people with violence if they don’t buy you something alcoholic to drink. Play the struggling alcoholic card. “I haven’t had a fucking drink in 3 hours!! Alcohol, I need ittt”.

    3. Learn how to shoplift. Shoplifting requires no money whatsoever and you can get some nice stuff from it.

    4. Scam people into buying you things.


  4. Mike

    Well, I can tell you that I know for a fact that the Giants are going to stomp the Cardinals. The Cardinals had a hard time beating the Seahawks (they suck this year).

  5. Justin Post author

    @ Mike: We will see. I wouldn’t bet on the Cardinals but there’s always a chance. Unless they play like they did against the Jets…then it’s going to be ugly

  6. Ace

    Damn. That sucks for you. There is nothing worse than watching a football game without beer to help. I’ll drink one in your honor this weekend. Maybe I’ll knock back two or three for you. Good stuff.


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