Zero Day Challenge

How I’m Saving $18,432 With The Zero Day Challenge

How I’m Saving $18,432 With The Zero Day Challenge

I’ve had a spending problem for the past few years. Like the majority of Americans, I bought into the whole consumer lifestyle and bought “stuff” to make myself happy. I came to realize, though, that spending money doesn’t make me happy. It satisfies my short-term wants, but at the end of the day, it’s just “stuff.” I started the Zero Day Challenge to help combat my spending problem and achieve my goal of reaching financial independence by age 40, and early retirement by 45. I never imagined that I would decrease my spending by more than $18,000 per year.

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The Zero Day Challenge

The Zero Day Challenge

Do you try really hard to spend within your budget, only to find that you go over every month? I thought that I was doing a good job at budgeting. I tried saving money every month, but in the end lifestyle inflation caught up to me. Instead of taking responsibility, I blamed random expenses that came up.

Reflecting on the past few years, I’ve never been great at controlling my spending, and now I see why. Last year, I spent $20,000 on the combination of food and “other expenses” which is way too much, and is slowing down my progress towards financial independence. I know for a fact that I can do better.

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