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Who's Up for a Frugal Fast?

June 9th, 2010 at 05:51 am



First, a disclaimer...I didn't come up with that clever phrase, "frugal fast." It's from author Jeff Yeager in his book, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches.

I haven't read the book yet, but I've added it to my Wish List on Amazon. But the idea of a frugal fast, for a single week out of the year, is intriguing.

The rules are simple: You buy absolutely nothing. The idea is that, at least for that one week, you will have freed yourself from having to do the "Money Step," the endless dance of having to earn more to spend more.

During this one week of no spending, I have a feeling we'd all likely rediscover the simple satisfactions of living cheaply. Meals at home. Trips to the library to rent a movie or read a book. I'm sure the list of ways to not spend money for a week will be much longer and varied.

So who's up for doing this with me starting next Sunday, June 13 through Saturday, June 19?

If you must, wrap up any absolutely needed grocery shopping or fill up your gas tank by the end of this week. Only do what's really necessary. Too much "advance spending" will defeat the purpose of the exercise.

Remember, during this week of no spending, there's no fast food, no impulse snacks on the road and no shopping of any kind. If you work, that means no buying your lunch. Built-in expenses like your mortgage/rent and utility bills are, of course, something that can't be avoided.

At the end of next week, I'd love to hear how you spent your time, if you felt "deprived" and whether you think you saved any money.

Who's in?

6 Responses to “Who's Up for a Frugal Fast?”

  1. Homebody Says:

    I would be but I am at my sister's in Seattle until my YD's car gets shipped here from SC, I think it is getting picked up today.

    I seriously did this for 1 year once for myself. I did not buy any new clothes or books or anything for a year unless it was at a garage sale. I tried to do it again starting in October and blew it almost immediately. Maybe I should try for a shorter time. Maybe you should do the challenge for a week out of every month! Like the lunch challenge, car challenge, etc.

  2. momcents Says:


    I'd like to participate, but not for the purpose of not spending money (because we are already in minimal mode here) rather for intentional spending - better anticipation of what is needed and better planning in general.

  3. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    It's the start of school vacation next Thurs and you betcha I'm going to do something fun the first day with the kids. Not necessarily expensive, but at least they can remember ONE thing they did, ie go to the Humane Society and pet the cats and dogs! Other more pricey ideas; rent one of those bikes for 4 along the beach, rent a kayak in the harbor, horseback ride, etc. Count me out :-/

  4. Ima saver Says:

    I will give it a try!

  5. Elisabeth Says:

    Not this time, but I would love to join you later in the summer if you do this in July.

  6. scottish girl Says:

    I'll give it a try. I've got a few birthday presents that I need to buy so will get them in before Sunday. I'm already not spending anything at work Smile

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