Think it's possible to go an entire week without spending a dime? New Yorker Natasha Huang agreed to embark on our Financial Detox Challenge, with hopes to save enough to earn herself a much-needed vacation. Here's how the challenge works…and how Natasha fared:
First, prepare for your Financial Detox by stocking up on the basics, whatever you need to survive a week without compromising your health, or your job. This includes filling up your gas tank, shopping for a week's worth of breakfasts, bagged lunches, and dinners, and filling any prescriptions. Natasha says, "I started by loading my subway card with $50 and going grocery shopping, where I spent about $50, or about $100 for the week."
Leave your Cards and Cash At Home
Begin the financial detox by leaving your cards and cash at home; see how it feels to go without your usual, everyday temptations like your morning cup of joe, or an impromptu happy hour.
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