In the spirit of No Spend August, I’m giving two ways to lower your junk mail and mail order catalogs. You’re welcome.
For junk mail, click the link FTC Consumer Information
For catalogs, click the link Catalog Choice
Stop laughing, I can do this. I’ve tried before but failed. So why am I trying this again (in August, all thirty-one days). I failed before because I did not prep for battle. As always, I galloped toward the melee of “I’m going to do this” with out properly out-fitting myself with the battle plan.
Ok, Lissy, what is so different this time. Well, let me introduce Ruth Soukop to you. She the wonderful lady behind the blog Living Well Spending Less and the author of Unstuffed. I’ve been following her for about a year when I came across her 31 day spending freeze challenge (you know I love me a challenge).
This year, I picked August for my Spending Freeze. This is mostly due to the fact that I don’t have any holiday’s, birthday’s or appointments for the month. I equipped myself with all the emails that came with the challenge in three-ring binder and have begun my prep.
First step – don’t stock up. Use what ya got, or do without! (or borrow, barter, exchange)
Second Step – Inventory your resources. Check the pantry, freezer, you know the drill!
Third Step – Menu plan. Ugh, srsly, this is the worst step ever! I’m working on this prep step now. By the end of July I will have a meal plan for my breakfast and lunches…oy!
Forth Step – Give yourself an End Goal – Mine, I would like to put what I have saved towards my emergency savings.
Fifth Step – Do the activities recommended in the challenge (you can also pick up a kindle version of the challenge on Amazon.)
Sixth Step – Motivate yourself! I picked out some Dave Ramey quotes to add to the days that I’m thinking of tapping out of the challenge.
Seventh Step – Clear your schedule of money inducing commitments. Let your friends know that you’ll be staying in, celebrating financial success and you’ll have beers with them next month.
So, you up for the challenge? If so, follow me on twitter with the hashtag #DFKFreeze2016, I’ll be posting daily of my trials and tribulations of the challenge starting August 1st!