Ep #56 Have you ever felt frustrated with your budget? Frustrated that … …there’s not even enough money to pay the bills each month…money runs out as soon as payday hits …you feel you are spinning your wheels trying to make more money each month with little to no progress When we first started our debt-free journey, this was a frustration that would run through my mind daily. It seemed like no matter how hard we worked, there wasn’t enough money to last the entire month. I was afraid to open the mailbox and see the stack of bills in it, and it seemed like Dooms Day was everyday. There were more stressed out days than there were happy days. Even though we tried as hard as we could to hustle our way out of debt, we ended up feeling frustrated, depleted, and sick to our stomach because the debt wasn’t going down fast enough. Whenever I rush the process on anything I do, it always ends up being a bad decision. There are only so many hours in the day and trying to cram everything in a short amount of time usually means sleepless nights, multi-tasking without getting anything done, and more ugly crying nights than anything else. You know that ugly cry where you cry your eyes out and can’t even breathe. Can you relate to that? If you’ve ever felt like your heart is racing all the time, stressed over money woes, and all you want to do is close your eyes and hope that it all goes away, there is a money challenge that works every single time to recalibrate my mind and my spirit. Whenever I do this challenge, I feel more relaxed as it forces me to slow down and it’s like a detox that is getting rid of the toxic thoughts in my head that causes me to feel frustrated with money. And that challenge is a no spend challenge. What exactly is a no spend challenge? It is a personal challenge in which you set a goal to not spending money on non-essential items within a certain time period. The goal of the challenge usually targets areas to reduce unnecessary expenses, increase savings, and improve financial health.During this challenge, you set your own rules so that it’s meaningful to you. Some of our goals for our no spend challenge - Spending money on essential bills - housing, utilities, and transportationAvoiding non-essential purchases - clothes, electronics, and entertainmentUsing up items that have already been purchased before buying more – groceries, toiletries, personal items Looking free or low-cost alternatives for leisure activitiesWhether you decide to do it on a weekend, 7 days or even for an entire month, the transformation coming out of it will be so powerful. I’m cheering you on friend. You got this. You may feel frustrated now but I know that it’s only for a season, and this season won’t last forever. Free On-Demand Mini Training: "Unveiling the Secrets: Master the Art of Mystery Shopping and Earn While You Shop!" Click here for the class: https://www.budgetdivas.com/mysterytraining.