The No Spend Challenge – Day 30: Write a Page Reflecting on this Month

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

This is the Thirtieth day The No Spend Challenge. To read all posts in order start with Day One. Read a summary of the challenge and view all 31 days in a list format here.  

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Welcome to Day 30! Today our task is to write a page reflecting on this month. The good news is tomorrow is the last day of this challenge! (Or if you’re doing this on another month perhaps this IS the last day for you!) We’ve made it! I don’t know about you but I’m excited and relieved all at the same time.

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Take 15 to 30 minutes today to reflect on your No Spend Challenge.

Here’s a recap of the questions we considered this week. Choose a few questions from each of the 1st Week, 2nd Week, 3rd Week, 4th Week, and Bonus reflection questions to answer. This will help you generate ideas for a final reflection page. This can be a few paragraphs or a few pages long. It’s totally up to you. I’ve also created a file in PDF format or in a Word Document format if you’d like to type it up or print this out. 

 

I. 1st Week Reflections

  1. What was the scariest part of starting this challenge?
  1. What is the ONE thing you are most excited to get out of participating?
  1. What has been the biggest struggle for you this week?
  1. Where were you most tempted to (or where did you) cheat?
  1. What has been the most surprising thing about not spending this week?
  1. Did you have any “aha!” moments? Did you have any funny moments?

 

 

II. 2nd Week Reflections

  1. How much money did you save these first two weeks compared to a normal month of spending? Or, what percentage of your budget did you save so far?
  1. How has this challenge changed you? What are your goals for the remaining 2 weeks of this month?
  1. Explain this challenge as if you were taking to a friend or relative. Who do you think might benefit from hearing about and even participating in The No Spend Challenge? Tell 3 people about it today!
  1. What are two or three things you learned about your spending habits this month?
  1. What items did you put off buying these first two weeks? Which of them are things you really need and which are you realizing are really wants?
  1. What did you do for fun & entertainment that’s cheap/free so far this challenge?
  1. What does your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer look like today? Could you make it another month on what you have on hand?
  1. What tips would you give after 2 weeks to someone who has never done this no spend challenge before and might be thinking about doing it next month?

 

 

III. 3rd Week Reflections

Reflection by Guilia Marangoni
Reflection by Guilia Marangoni
  1. What have you learned about yourself?
  1. What have you learned about others?
  1. What all did you accomplish cleaning this week?
  1. What were you inspired by this week?
  1. What has been the biggest struggle this week?
  1. Where were you tempted to (and where did you) cheat?
  1. What are your goals for next week?

 

IV. 4th Week Reflections

Reflections Week 4

  1. Did you enjoy to the fullest this past week and learn something new?
  1. Did you get some free items?
  1. Did you get some free money?
  1. How did the free date night go?
  1. What did your family do for fun?
  1. Did you make anything?
  1. Did you think of new ways to spend time with family or friends without having to spend money?

 

 

V. Bonus Reflection Questions

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  1. Did you get some free items?
  1. Did you get some free money?
  1. How did the free date night go?
  1. What did your family do for fun?
  1. Did you make anything?

 

When you are done please share a few thoughts below! What were you greatest victories, challenges, and struggles this month?

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

21 Comments

    • Thinking through our journey is half the battle Jelli! I agree it’s easy to go back to the same bad habits we’re trying to break. Great insight! What else did you learn this month?

  1. I didn’t participate in your challenge, but we often have date nights at home where we do things together. We love the simplicity of it. We try various coffee’s and flavorings or we’ll make new recipes.

    We also have times where we’ll go window shipping – just wandering around an area that we’ve never explored. Kind of like antiquing but never purchasing anything. We love looking at things like that and thinking about the history there.
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    • My wife and I have become coffee lovers too! Love the idea of window shopping and checking out antique stores! Have you considered taking the No Spend Challenge maybe next month?

    • Glad you stopped by Jennifer! Plan ahead and yes you can have lots of fun! Try out the No Spend Challenge one month. It will open your eyes and help you rethink your family’s priorities. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

  2. I need to go back through this tonight with my journal. You’ve given me so much to think about even though I got into the discussion late. I need to go back through and pick up what I’ve missed. Thank you for your attention to detail in this series.
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    • You totally should Chari! It will be so eye opening when you do. It will help you and your family refocus on what matters. It will also help you re-evaluate needs and wants. How much do you think you could save? Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thanks Katrina it’s a process… And some days are better than others. The good thing is this challenge is totally customizable to your lifestyle and you set up the rules! You should try it out at least once. I bet you wouldn’t regret it.

  3. I always keep a daily log of my spending. I feel really good on those days that I don t have to write anything, because I didn t spend any money! I’ve been trying to walk around with less cash too. I don t have a credit card and having little money in my wallet reminds me that I shouldn’t be spending it on a regular basis.

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