MSQ June / July 2016 Challenge

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This is the 4th edition of the Money Saving Quest challenge!

Challenges will be monthly and I will try to make them both interesting and inspiring. If you have any ideas for future ones, please let me know 🙂

Anyways, onto the challenge…

 

Challenge #4

The challenge is simply to pick a weekend in June or July where you will spend NOTHING.  Nada.  No money leaves your wallet or bank account for two days.  Use only what you already have on hand until Monday comes around.

The key is not to spend on dining out, entertainment or other “mindless” purchases.   If you run out of gas, obviously this would be an exception to the rules.

Also, make sure the rest of your household is on board.  This will make it a lot easier to be successful with this challenge.

This is a great challenge for those (like myself) who tend to spend the most of their money on the weekends, are living paycheck to paycheck, or are trying to stick to a strict budget. 

Such a “spending fast” helps break addictive spending behaviors and teaches you to delay purchasing things you WANT (rather than NEED).

Free entertainment, or things to do that don’t require spending money:

  • Go to your local library
  • Take advantage of memberships you already have (i.e. YMCA)
  • Find free Redbox movie rental codes
  • Use gift cards
  • Have a game night
  • Go for a bike ride or a walk
  • Exercise
  • RELAX
  • Cook
    • Look through your cupboards / pantry for items you’ve forgotten about
  • Catch up on DIY projects
  • Organize / Clean / Sell
  • Learn something new

*One goal is to find ways that you and your family can spend memorable and quality time on weekends together that doesn’t involve spending money*

Grow Magazine: 15 simple ways to save (without being a social recluse)


FUN + FREE EVENTS:

Free Syracuse Events

Barnes & Noble:
B Fest Teen Book Festival

Relive the Magic of Harry Potter

Bass Pro Shops:
FREE Door Hanger
Store Event: June 11 & 12, 18 & 19

Home Depot:
June 4th, 9am to 12pm – Kids Workshop (Build a free Father’s Day Trophy Smart Phone Holder)
June 18th, 10am to 11:30am – Father’s Day Workshop: Football Toss

Krispy Kreme:
June 3rd – Krispy Kreme will be offering up a Free Doughnut of your choice at participating locations – no purchase necessary

Lego Store:
June 7th + 8th – Lego Monthly Mini Model Build (free LEGO Seaplane model)

Lowes:

Captain America

 

June 11th – Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic – Free Captain America build

 

 

Michaels:

Michaels

PetSmart:

PetSMart

Toys R Us / Babies R Us:

Speed Champions

June 18th, 11am to 1 pm – bring home an exclusive LEGO Speed Champions mini-trophy for FREE

 

National Parks:

Every Kid In A Park Logo
For fourth-graders only

For a limited time, head over here where they are offering Fourth-Grade kids and their families FREE access to ALL Federal parks, lands and waters through August 31st

 

Bass Pro Shops:

summer camp logo

Home Depot:
July 2nd, 9am to 12pm – Kids Workshop (Build a free Ice Age Bowling Game)

Lego Store:
July 5th + 6th – Lego Monthly Mini Model Build (free LEGO Frog model)

Lowes:

Falcon

 

 

July 9th – Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic – Free Marvel Falcon Build

 

Thor

 

July 23rd – Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic – Free Thor Figure Build

 

 

PetSmart:

PetSmart

Saturday, July 23rd from 12PM-4 PM

 

Alternatives:

No-Restaurant Month

Cut your restaurant spending down to zero for an entire calendar month. No dinners out, no takeout, and no coffee runs either. Just good old fashioned home cooking (or microwaving, whatever suits your skill set).

Restaurants not your thing? If you already cook at home a bunch, you can translate the no-restaurant challenge to your own lifestyle, choosing instead to forgo spending on booze, manicures, or whatever your vice may be.

Cash-Only Weekends

Does your budget get away from you on the weekends? Instead of swiping your debit card a few dozen times each day, take one stop by the ATM on Friday afternoon to withdraw as much cash as you’ve budgeted for the weekend’s fun money. Use the cash to pay for dinner, drinks and entertainment… until it runs out. You’ll force yourself to be more mindful of your weekend spending, and hopefully budget to make a modest amount of cash last until Monday.

 

Post a comment and let us know some of the ways you cut back on spending !

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