It often strikes us that we should start reducing our expenses and stop spending on the things we don't need, when we go on a cleaning spree around our house. When we are fed up with the countless possessions of ours. It often happens while buying, that we have all the reasons justifying its need for us. But at the time of getting rid of them, we start to feel a sudden longing towards them and start looking for their uses in our lives. Huh! Such is the human nature, it gets attached quite quick but letting go is not easy!
Thus, to free ourselves from this trap of materialism is not an easy task. Humans are lured quite easily. To rise above this silo thinking, we have to have a strong will and desire to curb our expenses. This is what this lady, Michelle McGagh, from London had done. She decided to stop her expenses for one long year. Whoa! That's unbelievable! How can one do that? Read on to find out what happened.
Michelle began her "no spend year" on November 26, 2015. She had discovered a lot when she went through the "no spend year". She wrote in the Telegraph, "She began doing different activities to keep her social life and fostered a new appreciation of sitting in the park in the sunshine with a homemade, in-budget picnic of a falafel salad. These simple pleasures made me far happier than any expensive restaurant dinner." She began to feel the true essence of the saying "money doesn't buy happiness" when McGagh and her husband became closer and revelled in the little joys of life.
She figured a lot about herself, "I also came to understand that I don't need things to make me happy. Spending time with the people I love makes me happier and if I do have money available, I'd rather spend it on them - like travelling to see my grandfather or visiting my friend in Australia."
"Spending nothing for a whole year would do wonders for my wallet and stop me from refilling my empty shelves with more possessions. It sounds extreme, but I'd set myself budgets and spending plans in the past and they'd always fallen by the wayside on my next night out."
Mortgage, bills, insurance and charity donations, which amounted to $2,200 per month. She was also allowed to spend on toiletries, cleaning products and groceries. Also, her food budget was only about $45 a week and she would cook in bulk so meals would last long.
She writes, "That meant no cinema trips, no nights in the pub, no takeaways or restaurant meals, no new clothes, no holidays, no gym memberships, not even a KitKat or cheeky cheesecake from the supermarket. And certainly no flat whites." She also started riding her bike to commute and did not spend on transport.
Michelle also refused any friends or family who wanted to buy her things.
Superb! A round of applause for you, girl! Loved your philosophy and your will to stick to it!