To be honest, I am disappointed by myself for not holding out on this project to the very end. Not only did I cave last week to buy things for my friends birthdays but I caved a few more times after that. My attitude became, “I already messed this up, what’s the point on following this through anymore?” I bought a few coffees and I had a mental break down last week from stress from school so I drove home to see my parents on a whim, and that cost money in gas. Despite my last week being terribly derailed, I learned a lot.
First of all I learned that I can go with out and that I am just fine. I don’t need to go out for supper with my friends all the time, I can just cook for them at my house and have a little dinner party! It is more intimate and we can be loud and laugh and sit as long as we want with out feeling awkward about leaving the restaurant.
I learned that I can cook!!! I am a horrible cook so this experience was scary for me. I planned out my meals at the beginning of the month and I was able to cook all sorts of things that I never would have tried. I made dishes that I like to get at restaurants and most of the time they were just as good! This is a skill I definitely needed to learn.
I learned how to make informed decisions. When I wanted to get a coffee at Tim Horton’s or go for appetizers with a friend I had to sit back and think, “do I really need this?” Most, if not all the time, the answer is no.
I think I will be following this up with one week per month of no spending. Strictly because I think that it is important to say no. Our parents always said no when we were kids and now we have to say no to ourselves. Also, limiting my spending has made me stop to see if I really want something or if I just want it at that moment. By not impulse buying I have time to stop and think if that is something that I will use and then I can go back and buy it at another time.
I recommend trying this to everyone! It’s hard and it requires a lot of self reflection, which is a good thing. I think it makes you a stronger person to limit yourself. I encourage you to try something that puts you out of your comfort zone, you would be surprised how much you learn about yourself.