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The fifth month of my no spend year challenge is finished! This was a harrowing month, but despite that I did a pretty awesome job of not spending a lot of money. I had a few minor hiccups, and one giant (but absolutely necessary!) splurge. Read on to see how my no spend May turned out!
No Spend May
There were only a few things that I went a little over board on during my no spend May. I spent a tiny bit too much at work, and I spent way too much booking a trip (that I desperately need!). I really don’t even remember spending anything else – does that mean I didn’t spend it or that I blocked it out? I’m going to go with the former.
The only thing I spent unnecessary money on this month was work lunches -and they weren’t even really for me. The beginning of the month was super stressful for my staff, so I decided to throw them an impromptu pizza party. It was expensive, but worth it to show my team that they are appreciated. I also took one of my employees who had gotten a better position out for lunch on her last day.
It could easily be argued that both of these expenditures were completely unnecessary and stupid. I didn’t have to buy my team pizza, and I didn’t have to show my appreciation for someone’s hard work by taking them to lunch. But I want to be a good supervisor. I want my employees to know that I care, and know that I appreciate all of the work that they do. Sometimes, that might require me spending a bit of money, and I’m ok with that. It’s worth it to make people feel appreciated, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Ok, this one is bad. I spend a little over $400 booking a trip to Los Angeles. It was last minute, and more expensive than I wanted, but I desperately need this. I’m going to go hang out with a bunch of my best friends and my sister. A change of scenery with the best people is just what I need to help me get over this unexpected break up.
In reality though, it didn’t cost me that much. I had enough rewards points to cover $398 of the $406 I spent on my flight. So really, it was like getting a trip to LA for eight bucks. You can’t beat that! And, I’ll be staying with my best friend in the world, so I won’t have to worry about lodging (and knowing her, she probably won’t let me buy most of my own drinks either!).
So yeah, maybe it was stupid to spend money on a trip right now, but I don’t care. I need this.
The only other thing that we spent money on during our no spend May was eating out. But, my ex paid for most of those nights out, so I guess I don’t have to include them in my update. At the time, we were together and trying to get on the same page with spending, but since that didn’t work out, I’m not going to worry about the money he spent. That’s his problem.
I honestly don’t even remember going out that often in May. We got pizza hut once, and we went out for Mexican food and a movie on the day we broke up. We didn’t see each other enough to have any other date nights. And I wonder why things didn’t work out. Relationships don’t really work if you never make time for each other.
No Spend June
I think I’ll be able to do a much better job of not spending money in June. I won’t have to worry whether or not someone else is on board with my spending priorities. And hopefully, I won’t have any unexpected expenses pop up. I think that the sixth month of my no spend year challenge will be the best yet!
Melanie launched Partners in Fire in 2017 to document her quest for financial independence with a mix of finance, fun, and solving the world’s problems. She’s self educated in personal finance and passionate about fighting systematic problems that prevent others from achieving their own financial goals. She also loves travel, anthropology, gaming and her cats.