Day one of my 10 day no spend
challenge. As per usual I’m having a coffee at home. Not wasting money by getting a
coffee in a cafe. And I have a coffee with hot cream in it. So it’s kind of
like a bullet coffee. Keeps me going for a really long time.
And stops me from like popping to the shops and getting like snacks like
muffins and banana bread. I have packed my lunch for work today
I have some kale a boiled egg some avocados and some leftover sweet potato
from dinner last night. So not only am I saving money but I’m also reducing my
wastage. So this morning we are making our coffees for our no spend challenge.
Rocco’s just made me a delicious bullet coffee. Now yesterday we had an impromptu
playdate with my goddaughter and Rocco’s best friend Lottie. we think they’re
gonna get married one day. And I was about to go jump in the car to go pick her up and in
my head I’m like. ‘I should really quickly swing by and grab some quiches for them
in case they might get hungry. And quiches are really great way of getting
vegetables into them.’ And then I caught myself. And went ‘Stop hang on it’s no
spend, 10 day no spend challenge you don’t need to do that.’ I opened up my handbag and
the fridge and threw a range of lots of different little snacks for them and
took them to the office of my local park and, They were so happy playing and
eating all the different types of snacks. Also last night I had to spend some
money I had to get a babysitter because it was my dad’s 80th birthday. And we
went out to dinner as a family, and unfortunatly it was a bit too late for Rocco to be up that at that time. So it is what it is. I’m obviously I
can’t spend absolutely nothing I do need to spend on the essentials. But it was
money well spent I had a really nice time. Just quickly heading to the
supermarket. I’m only gonna buy exactly what I need for the next couple of days.
So not only am I not wasting money I’m not wasting food.
Everything I’m going to buy I’m gonna eat in the next couple of days. So I
shops really responsibly I stuck to only what I needed.
I bought some a loaf of banana bread which I’ve already hold into coz I was a
little bit peckish whilst driving. And that’s gonna act as packed snacks for Rocco’s playdate
this afternoon. I bought one carrot because that’s all Tom needs for his
dinner tonight. Amongst other food obviously which I’ve
already got. Essentials toilet paper. Green matcha I think you say it, powder
which I have been wanting to try for ages. And my friend Tess at work very
kindly bought in her’s so I could try it before buying and it was great. Was
shopping naked I one didn’t have any bags. But then just towards the very end
as I was buying this I accidentally walked out with this. So I’m actually
going to return it back to the grocery store Something’s wrong me all I can think about is quiches. It’s just on my brain
like I woke up this morning thinking. ‘For lunch I’ll get a quiche. Like a goats
cheese and pumpkin quiche.’ Anyway I have managed to operate some control and
discipline. And I am making myself very cost effective, it’s not looking
particularly attractive scrambled eggs for lunch today.
But costing barely anything and also eating up all the bits in my fridge as
well. We are just having a playdate with some of Rocco’s friends. I’ve got snacks for
the kids. And I’ve also bought my book it is A zero-waste life by Anita Vandyke. To lend to my, Rocco’s friends mum. Who is also saving money and having a zero spend month. Today we are going to the zoo. Now I
actually have an annual membership for Rocco and myself and my goddaughter to
the zoo. But it’s actually just about to expire so. We’re gonna use it one last
time, and I have packed all these snacks for them. To take to the zoo so I’ve
peeled and chopped carrots and Apple. I have also bought these munch
seeds and nuts. Teriyaki seaweed some healthy stuff. Woolworths have got these new beetroot seeds or nuts or something so trying that. And some yogurts and
obviously some more fruit. And even as a treat in case they aren’t want like
chocolates and ice creams and stuff like that. I’ve packed some digestive
chocolate biscuits. I’m still really determined to like keep this as a zero
spend weekend this is gonna be my weakness because. When it comes to Rocco
and my goddaughter when they ask for something I have a rubber arm and I give
it to the. So I’m gonna try and be really strict and before we go I’m
enjoying a coffee at home. So I’m also saving money. This is the best money I’ve
ever spent. We have just turned up to the zoo and we are not parking in
this we park our car park. Because it’s really expensive. We’ve parked the car
around the corner just a two-minute walk no big deal. So we cracked it we spent some money I
bought Rocco a biscuit. I’ve bought what he my goddaughter and I
suppose and I rewarding myself for the coffee. Because I am exhausted from
walking around the zoo all day. It is Sunday morning and Tom is taking me to breakfast as a treat. We wouldn’t normally like, waste money by going to
breakfast it’s a bit of a luxury and like it once in a while thing to do. But
because he’s gonna be traveling so much with work over the next couple of months. It’s a was a nice way to do something together before he jumps on a
plane. I am so hungry I cannot wait. The one thing that’s really come up repeatedly this weekend is the desire to go and buy a beautiful bunch of fresh
flowers for my house. Anyway I resisted the urge. And then I realised I’ve
actually got a really beautiful tree outside. It’s a camellia tree outside my
own house. So I’m gonna go and chop some of this these flowers off myself and put
them on my table. Over this weekend I’ve spent a little time inside. Like I’m trying to avoid maybe temptation of spending money. And so
whilst over the weekend I decided to list a few things on gumtree. Anyway
someone just turned up and bought something that I was literally going to
throw away. For $20 it was a camera lens that I just what I wasn’t using was a
complete waste of space. Anyway not only in my I’m saving money we’re not
spending it I’m making money too. I just dropped off some dry-cleaning and I feel really bad. Because I quickly ran in and dropped my stuff off I was like ‘I know
I’ve got heaps of stuff here I’ve got to come on pick it up but I will in a
couple of days.’ And like bolted out. Luckily the dry cleaners I used a so
lovely and she’s like it’s fine I don’t worry. But it made me realise this
spending challenge is not good for the community or the economy. By me not
spending that might cause a like picking up my stuff and paying her for my dry
cleaning. That could actually have a flow-on effect in her own business and
in her own personal financial situation so. This zero spend whilst it’s really
beautiful and I’m really liking the break from not spending. It also can have
a negative side effect for people around you. I just returned that plastic bag.
Yesterday I had a really budget-friendly day. I spent a total of four dollars. I had to
go to an event for work. I like MC’d at an event. Well hosted it which was really
fun. And they had the most delicious food at this event. And then when I got to
work I was so tired coz it was a really early start. I was so tired so I splurged on a
muffin which wasn’t particularly healthy at all. But I was so tired and rundown.
And I was also so tired and rundown I was actually just like stuff this I’m
not cooking tonight. I’m gonna get, I’ll get it like a healthy take away salad
for dinner tonight for Tom and I. I don’t care. Like I just don’t have the energy
to cook let alone clean up afterwards. But then spontaneously we were invited
to a friend’s house for dinner. Which was lovely and they cooked the most
incredible meal. I’m still full from last night. So really budget-friendly day today. I’m actually feeling really tired still. And
run down. My throat is sore, got a blocked nose My ear I’ve got one blocked ear. So I’m
actually thinking I might honor myself by getting a salad for lunch. And
actually like spending some money. Because you have to honor your
well-being in doing this I am realizing from zero spend. I need lots of vegetables
into my system and I’m so tired I’d actually don’t have time to go to the
shops quickly make a salad before work. I just I’ve stuffed my day up a bit. I
should have probably been more organized. I am about to pick Rocco up from day care.
I’m taking a couple of minutes to just like, hibernate in the car before the onslaught
of Rocco coming home. I just had a little bit of a stuff up with the no
spend. I went to the butchers to get some meat for the next week or two. And I
spent a little bit more than I planned. Tom happened to call me just before I went
to the butcher. And asked me where I was and I was going. I said I’m going to
the world’s best butcher. He’s oh great great can you grab some
Scotch Fillets. And I just said, Yeah no problem. Oh my god Scott Fillet. No wonder
that’s why don’t buy it’s so freaking expensive. It was like thirty one dollars
and sixty two cents. I was like they wen’t to charge me and
there’s no one’s gonna say sorry that’s too expensive put it back. I felt to
uncomfortable as like okay. So I’m gonna save those Scotch Fillets for a special
occasion. That is ridiculously expensive. And I’m not a big meat eater either. So
that’s even that’s really wasteful I’m annoyed with myself about that. Yesterday for
zero spending as I agreed with myself. I allowed myself to have a salad from my
local cafe. And this cafe is such a great cafe to support they also, donate all the
unsold food at the end of the day to charity. Which is fantastic. Today I’ve
got my lunch already you would take it cooked from last night. I already had
my morning coffee and I’m trying to lose a little bit of weight. So I’m determined
to not get a muffin this morning. Hopefully I’ll have another really
successful zero spending day however I do need to make a quick trip to Woolworths. I
need dog food. I need um a couple of other essentials. So zero spend I’m at
the supermarket buying the essentials. I would normally grab the finish powder. But I’m gonna use this month as a perfect opportunity to experiment. I’m
gonna try the shine all-in-one dishwasher tablets. Which are on special. On that note it is so important that you check the comparison. So this one is
75 cents per tablet. This one is 16 cents per tablet. Like that’s a substantial
saving almost like 80%. I have some leftovers from dinner the last night. Which I
am taking to work so a nice healthy sweet potato salad. No spending challenge just
got thrown a curveball. I had this lovely lady talk to my office. And she was
selling French macaroon’s, Anzac biscuits and truffles. And I just couldn’t help
but admire her initiative and proactive measure like to make some extra cash. So
I had to buy a couple of packets of biscuits from her and give it to the
girls in the office. So yep I spent money. I definitely didn’t, shouldn’t have done
it but it was definitely worth it it’s nice to just support other people. Okay
I just spent some money after I swore to myself was going to spend no money today.
There’s this amazing cafe near my house called the organic bread bar. And they
make the most incredible. Organic spelt scones with blueberries and almonds. It’s
so incredibly delicious. I bought one for Rocco for after school today because
he’s got karate and he’s always starving when I pick him up. I need to make sure
his full for his exercise. I’m also I’m gonna be work from home today.
I’m a little bit behind not only on the thousand dollar project but also on my
book. So that’s gonna be my reward to sit down at my laptop with a cup of tea. And
munch on that whilst I type away with all my ideas inspirations for
getting ahead financially. Yesterday was the second last day of my zero spend
challenge. We had karate and we would normally take the kids to go and grab Pizza for
dinner. But this time I cooked the kids dinner took it over to my girlfriend’s
house. And all the kids had dinner together. And her and I enjoyed a glass
of wine and some cheese. So one other thing I did was I last weekend I made my
own cleaning products. Excuse the kids in the background we had a sleepover
last night. So I don’t have to waste money buying cleaning products anymore.
The flow and effect from doing the zero spend challenge has continued. Oh my god look at these crazy kids. I just caved in.
I bought Rocco a tiny keyring. Which he’s obsessed with. Bit of a fail there on
zero spend. This is the last day of our zero spent challenge. It’s coming to an end.
We are off to a playdate at one of our local parks. I’ve packed a
whole pile of snacks in my bag and, I have packed a bottle of wine and
myself and my girlfriend to enjoy. Now we will be catching an Uber there so that
we can drive safely. And today I have been cooking up a storm. I’ve got my slow
cooker happening over there. And we’re gonna enjoy the rest of the weekend
just, hanging out at home not spending any money. And just laying low and I have
to say. This has been a fantastic challenge. I really recommend it it’s
good for the wallet. It’s good for the soul. It’s good for the heart it’s good
for you Rocco helped. I hope this video has inspired you.