The future can seem a long way off, so saving your hard earned cash for this mysterious far-off time can seem pretty pointless.
Millennials have a notorious reputation for throwing their wages down the (Starbucks cup-littered) drain, but it’s never to early too start thinking about your impending financial forays.
Personally, my bank statement reflects a life of Lidl grocery shopping, pricey gin & tonics, ASOS orders and Netflix subscriptions, and a rather intimate relationship with Just Eat, which is probably reflective of the statements of quite a few young women in this country.
When ya bank statement consists of only Asos, aldi and uber
— fran (@Frankie_Barker) November 20, 2016
Money makes the world go round, and in a career landscape of year-long unpaid internships and zero-hour contracts, I think I should probably be a bit more mindful when it comes to my spending.
I have a student loan to pay for and rent and bills to manage, so splurging on the finer things should be a rare treat rather than the norm. However, in any case, that happens, and there is an absolute emergency. I that case, I am likely to take the help of a small loan for personal needs with affordable rates. So, I can stay focus on my plan and repay them.
I have zero savings and no fall-back plan, and I have the attitude that when I earn more, I’ll save more, which is probably the same as most of my fellow 23-year-olds.
Reassessing the value of what I earn has been on my mind lately, and that’s where the 30 Day No Spending Challenge comes in.
When ur friends talk about their savings accts & ur like, we was supposed to be savin, why y’all ain’t tell me??? pic.twitter.com/ZoGMV92HAO
— snoop (@zero_cool1991) April 3, 2017
The 30 Day No Spending Challenge focuses on benefiting your bank balance through by sticking to a tight budget for four weeks.
Most adventurers into this monetary management challenge stick to a budget of about €50.00 a week, to spend on groceries, transport and socialising.
The challenge omits things like rent and utilities, as it is all about making the most of your disposable income.
Things to cut out include eating out at restaurants, buying coffee, clothing shopping, and entertainment that isn’t free.
My 30 day “no spending” challenge was interrupted by a broken iPhone and a craving for Raisin’ Canes pic.twitter.com/N9MWFrUFbr
— Elizabeth Williams (@ElizabethGraceW) March 5, 2017
After living oh-so frugally as a student for three years, I figured I’d be up for the challenge.
And so, April has become my tragically titled No Spend Month, and I’m taking the steps to keep it that way.
It costs me €30.00 per week to get to work on my Leap Card, so that leaves me with a lean twenty quid to get by for the next seven days.
Luckily, there are more than a few bloggers who have doled out their best tips on how to manage on the fiscal fast, and one involves giving up the take-out apps.
me: *help me im poor gif*
also me: spend $60 in makeup & takes breakfast at starbucks everyday
— milly (@millvxm) March 30, 2017
As someone who rarely has the time (or culinary prowess) to cook a meal from scratch, the thought of deleting my precious take away apps had me in cold sweats.
I was also rather concerned that my local Deliveroo man might become genuinely worried for my wellbeing and come to investigate whether or not I was still alive and well.
But I knew that if I was going to stick to the masochistic monetary constraints, they had to go.
If anyone ever saw my bank statement, it’d just be a food diary separated by ASOS & random ridiculous purchases (oh HI metallic balloon dog) pic.twitter.com/In0sgxa2pg
— Amy Lo (@amylo_92) February 21, 2017
The next step was meal prep, planning exactly what I was going to eat for the next week and adjusting my shopping list accordingly.
While the struggle is not yet real, I’m sure the self-inflicted trial and tribulation I’m about to put myself through will be well worth it, financially speaking.
The thought of possibly getting up to six months ahead in my student loans or splurging on something I’ve wanted for a long time is keeping me on the straight and narrow so far, but hey, it’s only week one.