Ariel’s number to know is zero … zero dollars that is.
When it comes to properly managing your money, sometimes you just have to say “No!”… to unnecessary expenses. To help you see the power in saying no, try to go an entire month with $0 of unnecessary purchases. We will call this “the month of no.”
For a month, try to make major changes in two main areas: food and transportation. You should avoid eating out, and instead go to the grocery store and plan your meals in advance. You should also avoid using ridesharing apps, and instead use public transportation or your own car.
Lastly, do not make any miscellaneous purchases that are not necessary (for example, new clothes, accessories, music, etc.) You are, of course, allowed to spend money on basic housing needs such as your rent or mortgage payment.
Many times we end up spending a lot of unnecessary money when we’re hanging out with friends. But here’s a tip—loop your friends in on what you’re doing—they can help keep you accountable and may even join you!
This “month of no” will allow you to be more deliberate with your purchases. After everything is said and done, you can set aside the money you save from this challenge to jumpstart (or add to) your emergency fund or investment account.
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