Day 3: 7 Days Without Spending A Dime

Day three 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.” :)

Wanting To Spend

Now that I have stopped spending, I have been having more urges to go out and buy something. For example, I looked in the fridge and realized we only have one soda left. The next thing I know, I just want to rollerblade to the gas station and buy some.

Hopefully the urges stay small like this otherwise it will be a lot harder to tolerate them. I just keep reminding myself it’s only 7 days. It’s not like I am giving up food for 7 days or something crazy like that.

Other Than That

The week has been the same as usual. The weekend is getting closer and closer which is my main concern. My monthly spending on entertainment is normally spent between Friday and Sunday. That will be the real test but it needs to be done if I want to make it til Monday when the experiment ends.

Wish me luck!

7 thoughts on “Day 3: 7 Days Without Spending A Dime

  1. Ace

    If you watch movies like that you should try one of those online rentals. Saves tons of money and you get to still get your fix of movies. And you really can’t put a price on social gatherings. I guess you could always eat before and go, but sitting in the house will wear on you.

  2. josh

    download things illegally. Its a great way too save money. Oh, and shoplifting. Thats economical too.

    Seriously though, good luck dude. You should try this experiment in a relationship. That would be the hard part, trying to live ascetically with someone who is not on that same wavelength… but enough about my life.


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