A big reason I am writing about my No Spend Year is to help keep me accountable. When I have my readers (however many of you there are) to answer to, I’m more likely to stick to my goals. So, for the purpose of full transparency, I wanted to share with you what I have spent money on through the first half of this year and explain how these items lined up with my priorities. Keep in mind, these DO NOT include any item that would be considered a necessity, like food, bills etc.
Under Armour Favorite Fleece Pant
I live in Saskatchewan where the temperature can dip down to the -40’s in winter. Yet, somehow, I don’t own a single pair of long comfy pants. All of my workout or lounge bottoms are shorts or capri length. This doesn’t make much sense, does it? I had been watching this pair of sweats for a while before finally buying them. A mall gift card that I had gotten for my birthday covered most of the cost, and I don’t regret this purchase for one second. I have worn them regularly, and they are SO comfy. I also liked that the UA emblem was a darker grey, so it didn’t stand out a lot. This was a very intentional purchase.
The RipSurfer X
Yup, this happened. I had tried out a SurfSet Fitness class a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, nowhere in Saskatoon has picked up the classes yet. I’ve been thinking about buying an Aerial Hammock and/or Hoop for at-home workouts, but ultimately decided that this made the most sense. Ian and I will both be able to use it and it’s a great workout. I can use it in the basement, and it’s easy enough to hide away when needed. I’ve used it at least once a week since purchasing it, so I would say it’s definitely been a worthwhile purchase.
In an unfortunate turn of events, my FitBit band broke. This was something that I knew I would have to replace. I have worn my Fitbit every day for 3+ years, and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. On the plus side, I was able to redeem some points from doing surveys on Web Perspectives and it only ended up costing me just over $4.
Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom
This was a spend that I knew was coming. I have been a long-time fan of the Jurassic franchise. I *almost* missed seeing the first Jurassic World in theatre, but snuck in under the wire and saw it at the cheap seats. I bought Ian and I tickets to see this second one in Imax, which I’m pretty excited for. I used a $25 gift card that I had received earlier in the year, which covered a majority of the ticket cost (only one gift card can be used for online purchases). I also have 5 $10 gift cards from doing surveys on Web Perspectives that we will use towards food! Super cheap date night for us, even if it was a slight out-of-pocket cost.
Last year we didn’t take any holidays due to our move, so I knew this would be a budgeted expense this year. We will spend one full week camping at Duck Mountain Provincial Park, which isn’t somewhere we have been before. It’s on the edge of the boreal forest and is supposed to have some good areas to hike. Our campsite is right beside the lake, which will be a nice feature! This trip will be happening at the beginning of July, but I booked it in June. I also paid for half our Airbnb for our trip to Calgary at the end of July. The second half will be paid for in July.
I debated whether to consider this an unnecessary purchase. The truth is, my phone was working fine-ish. It was over three years old though, so it was starting to run much slower and had some glitches. Phone cameras have also vastly improved since that phone was first released. I made the decision to finally upgrade. It’ll be nice to have a fully functioning phone, and it will be nice to take better pictures this summer without having to carry around my digital camera all the time. This also means that I can finally step up my Instagram game! Technically, the phone hasn’t cost me anything yet. It was $0 down on a 2-year contract, and connection fees are just applied to my next bill. I did have to buy a new phone case though, which ran me $30.
Well, there you have it! These are all the purchases I made that weren’t food, or bills. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself! I have stuck to this No Spend WAY longer than I ever thought possible, and I’m surprised by how much I don’t miss shopping. I’ve still got 6 months to go, but I’m going to continue working on it and keeping my goals as my main focus.