Ha ha - well, what a disaster!
Back a couple of weeks ago I posted about my keenness to try a spend-nothing challenge here. I had sincerely hoped that by spending nothing at all that this would assist in taming my inner spending demon (whom I nick-name Smaug) once and for all. How wrong was I.
As you all know, I still consider myself to be a recovering consumerist and whilst I have curbed this habit massively and consistently, I have nevertheless been recently searching for ways to kill off the last voices of that spend-demon within. Hence the crack at me trying a no-spend challenge.
Instead of strangling the last bits of life out of that inner demon, I accidentally brought it to life again! Aargh! It was nearly as if my total eschewing of money and spending were the tipping point to bring Smaug out of the dungeon screaming and flapping with truly frightening power. This was totally unexpected and rather disheartening actually.
Now, don't get me wrong, I have the hugest respect and admiration for those folk who do no-spend weeks, months and years - but just like using cash, the spend-nothing challenge was not for me. Simply speaking, it made me feel worse, awakened emotions of deprivation, and triggered some old spend-a-holic habits.
So I'm back to my allowance every fortnight. I guess my $40 personal allowance each fortnight is still pretty frugal in the grand scheme of things.
It is nice to share wins and uber-encouraging content with you all, but I think it is just as important to share failures too. It's called keeping it honest and real. I'm amongst friends anyway luckily.
So, did I give up too easily? ..... or was I wise to bail out? Your collective wisdom on this question would be great folks.
Take care and stay nice folks.