I Challenged Myself to a “No Spend” February

It’s not what I expected

Rejoice Denhere
ILLUMINATION
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3 min readFeb 24, 2024

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I took the plunge and challenged myself to a “no-spend” February. The whole 29 days! It’s like holding my breath, waiting for the exhale, and I could really use some cheering on.

My Big “Why”

We live in a world where it’s easy to get caught up in spending, so embarking on a “no spend challenge” seemed like a good idea. The concept is that you commit to cutting out non-essential purchases for a set period, like a week or even a month. I committed to one month.

Some people will do a “no spend challenge” to help them understand their spending habits better and take control of their money. I know folks who have done it to pay off debt or boost their savings. I’m doing it to strengthen my willpower.

This is my first “no-spend challenge” ever, and I’m curious to see what it throws at me. My essentials are food, travel, and medication (though I’m staying healthy so far, thankfully!).

What I’ve Learnt So Far

I’ll tell you first hand that resisting impulse buys during a “no spend challenge” takes serious willpower. The hardest part is dodging tempting aisles filled with “stuff I need.” Or removing things from the basket at the checkout. Can anyone else relate?

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Rejoice Denhere
ILLUMINATION

Author and business owner. Putting teams and individuals on the path to success. Top Writer on Medium. https://rejoicedenhere.medium.com/membership