No-Spend Days? Why They Don’t Work
What is a No-Spend Day?
No-spend days or spending fasts are times when you make a promise to yourself not to spend money on certain days or certain periods of time.
There are some people who find these to be very effective.
Case in Point:
A Year of Tracking No Spend Days (and the privilege of doing so) by Tread Lightly, Retire Early
How I Bought No Clothes For Over A Year & Lessons From My Clothing Ban by M @Radical Fire
If you have tried these and they work for you then great!
But here is why I advise NOT to do a spending diet.
Why No-Spend Days or Weeks don’t work
Using Motivation To Help You Change
We like to think that making big, bold moves will help us. We like to imagine ourselves doing a complete overhaul of our lives within days. TODAY I will change. TODAY I will become the person I want to be. I will become more organized. I will be more on top of my finances. I will be more mindful. I will become a better person etc. We want to be all those things and we WANT IT NOW! We usually feel like this after a particularly motivating experience. A motivating experience can either be something positive or negative that convinces us that we must change our behavior. The problem with motivational experiences is that they give us a temporary “high”. We get all gung-ho to change and improve but then the high wears off, we face an obstacle, we fail at what we are doing and we give up.
Motivation is temporary. As Zig Ziglar so famously said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing-that’s why we recommend it daily”. Its a good quote and true on many levels. The problem is that unlike bathing we can’t just jump in the shower every time we need a good dose of motivation. It has to come from somewhere and sometimes even our trusty sources of motivation let us down.
Motivation is like a shower that only works sometimes, when we least expect it and sometimes the water is cold and sometimes the water doesn’t come at all- even if we are standing and screaming at the shower head. So the metaphor doesn’t totally track but the point is that motivation wear off and then you are left with what exactly? The high is gone, the purpose is gone-we are only left with the actions that we have taken so far.
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