If you don’t know what my 2016 No Buying Resolution is all about read this.
So how did I do in March?
- Bike spending = $55 [a couple minor service items and some spare parts]
- Beer = I bought a 6 pack each week
- Savings goal = achieved 100% of my savings goal this month
I had an unplanned downshift on my contracting gig that reduced my income this month and for the foreseeable future. I’ve been managing to save extra above my goal in previous months, but with less coming in that may not happen. I’ll post about the downshift process/experience separately. Suffice to say it’s not idea from a saving as much as possible perspective. On the other hand I am taking advantage of my extra time off my riding more and hanging out with friends. That’s not a terrible trade off.
As I have posted in my earlier updates buying very little has not proven to be much of a problem. There have been some things I wanted to buy that were not essential, but it’s not hard to remind myself that I’m trying to save money and buying stuff is not helpful in achieving that goal.
If I was just saving money to be wealthy or to buy something super fancy later I think it would be a lot harder to stick with the plan, but what I am saving for is my freedom. The freedom to do what I want when I want. The freedom to spend time with people I like for no other reason than I like them. That’s a goal that is infinitely more awesome than a new bike or a bling car.
Stay strong. Save your money. Be free! 🙂