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Challenge: Spend a money-free weekend

family with two young kids heading outside for a walk

Looking for a fun way to save some money? Challenge yourself to a money-free weekend - it’s a great way to try out some money-saving habits. Plus, you can put the money you save toward one of your savings goals, like a special purchase, or an emergency fund.

It’s simple: No spending money on anything. No grocery runs, no spending on any kind of entertainment, and so on.


Benefits of a money-free weekend

  • It’s a simple, and immediate way to save money

  • You can practice getting more value out of the things you already have - like the food in your freezer or pantry

  • Extra quality time with family and friends


Ideas for your money-free weekend

  • Check for free events going on in your community

  • Play board games or do a puzzle

  • Hold a potluck - with dishes created only from items that can be found in your pantry

  • Take a long, relaxing bath

  • Make a time capsule

  • Listen to some podcasts

  • Try some meditation to find your zen

  • Work on a new skill - like juggling or baking bread

  • Go on a photography walk

  • Learn something new with an online tutorial, like card tricks or yoga

Give a money-free weekend a try sometime soon. Your wallet will appreciate the break and you might find that it helps you form some helpful savings habits, too.


Learn more about saving money

How to save money guide
How to set up an emergency savings fund
What is financial wellness
Mindfulness and money