Okay, so there’s several feet of snow all around me (up to my daughters knees!) Schools were closed 3 days this week. The most ever in the history of our school district…and the snow is STILL going! Like stop already…we’re getting pummeled here out west.
It started me thinking, you know everyone has all these saving money challenges….
• No spend Saturday
• No spend month
• 52 week money challenge
• Power bill challenge- okay, that was mine. 😉
I was thinking…what if I have a no going to stores challenge!
See, most of my shopping, I do online anyway (here’s 37 reasons to shop online!). With the free stuff I get from Grove Collaborative (formerly Epantry) and then shopping other places like Amazon (I don’t have Amazon Prime), and so on. I rarely shop in the stores ANYway.
It’s my secret weapon to saving massive amounts of money!
So I’m making a challenge for myself and I invite you to join me.
I don’t want to step foot in ANY store, at all, all month long (4 weeks, 30 days).
Not only will this challenge help save me money, but it’ll save me time and make me more self-sufficient.
As I’m thinking about this, I’m realizing how much more SIMPLER this will make my life.
Everything I need is brought TO me. No struggling with carts and kids in the stores, and traffic and rude people. No putting extra things in the cart that I see (hello, savings!) And it’s all CHEAPER online than in the stores. I never pay for shipping…like ever! And between Ebates (been with them for 8 years now and swear by them!) and my Paypal debit card (which I love- thankful for not having to balance a checkbook!), I’m earning up to 11% cash back to boot, depending on the store.
I think that saving money is just about thinking about the things you buy the most, and trying to find ways of getting THOSE particular items at their cheapest prices.
It’s not really that difficult. And while I still will go places, the stores this month (my ultimate goal is 6 months!!) is not one of them.
I wonder how much EASIER and SIMPLER YOUR life would be if you automated things. Automate with bill pay. Buy groceries online. Get your prescriptions online. How much easier are our lives with the internet. I know I wouldn’t be able to make a living from home without it. So, I’m feeling very appreciative, and wondering what ELSE I can do to automate my life and FREE UP MY TIME!!!
Think about it…what can you do in your life? Perhaps you could automate some things.
People always ask me how I balance my life…this is one way I do that. Most all my shopping is done online anyway. 🙂 Why not strive for 100% for a month. While this may not work for everybody, you may just be surprised how many things you CAN simplify!
Here’s the deal…you guys are gonna keep me accountable, okay. 🙂 Every week, I’ll bring you a new post about what’s been going on in my life without shopping in any store and the tricks and tips I’m using to accomplish that as well as what I’m working on and how I’m managing and balancing life. How does that sound???
I mean think about it…if there was a natural disaster and you WERE stuck in your home, would you ALREADY have the resources set up to be able to make it through?
Or would your family die of starvation or something? I feel like this is a really good challenge for us all on SO MANY LEVELS! I want to be more self-sufficient. I want to know that if there was a disaster, my family would be okay. I’m pretty sure, you’d want that piece of security too. So, I’m super excited about this!