From No Spend January to Sticking to a Budget

As you probably read, last month I did no spend January. Of course this excluded things like groceries and household essentials, but I really wanted to focus on my spending habits around coffee, lunches, and shopping online. They say it takes 21 days to build a habit, so I felt like a one month goal would be good for starting and reinforcing the habit.

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January Resolution: No Spend Month

My new year’s resolution this year was to have a no-spend month for January. My goal for the no spend month was more about resetting habits over saving money, but saving money is always a bonus!

During the last few months, I got in the habit of buying Starbucks and lunch every single day. My morning Starbucks run was more about getting away from my desk in the morning and treating myself, but half the time I wasn’t even finishing my drink—such a waste! It’s also a huge waste to be throwing away a reusable cup every single day. I was also buying lunch out of convenience because I wasn’t taking the time to grocery shop or prepare foods for lunches. I was spending at least $10 on lunches and also buying a bottle of water every morning too! In total, I was spending at least $15 (sometimes more) on things that could be cut out.

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