Every so often, my eating junk food gets a little out of control and do a little juice cleanse. To help reset my body’s ideas of food as fuel and why I eat.
I’ve never done a juice cleanse and the only diet I’ve ever tried was a “low carb” diet for about a week in high school. I can’t restrict what I eat without feeling absolutely CRAZY (tell me I can’t have something and I want it even MORE. Putting restrictions on food, for me, makes me obsess more.
Money, however is a different story. I find that I can easily spiral out of control and get in an indulgent rut of spending. The best cure for me is taking a fast from extra spending for a few weeks or an entire month or two. I discovered the idea almost a decade ago, called “A Buy Nothing Month” and it found it so effective for me to bust out of a heavy spending rut.
(Maybe I’m the only one who that happens to? I’m used to spending in line with my budget, but then we go on vacation or it’s the holidays and are eating out for every meal and indulge in some shopping and paying right and left for things – suddenly constantly swiping my card or handing over cash feels normal.)
A Buy Nothing Month can be tailored for whatever your needs or goals are, but here are the guidelines I’ve used in the past:
- Essentials are fine, of course – gas, groceries, rent, utilities, medicine, doctor
- No eating out (I’ve also done it where I can only eat out if it’s a place with no disposable products, to try to emphasize eating out as an activity, not just out of poor planning and needing FOOD RIGHT NOW OMG)
- No purchasing anything aside from essentials. This usually means I stay away from Amazon and Target for the month.
I talked about our budget last week and why we budget – something like a Buy Nothing Month helps me reset and stay in line with my spending priorities. Otherwise I’d probably spend all my money at Amazon and Target and wonder in a few years why we don’t have enough to travel or replace our car with cash.
(By the way, sometimes Mike joins me and sometimes he doesn’t. I’m more of the spender than he is, anyway.)
I’m doing a Buy Nothing Month in March – join me if you like! :)