The Challenge - No Spending in Excess

Hey all, first off, I want to say I made it through February and only drank on two occasions... the same weekend.... I felt the absurd pressure from friends to enjoy some drinks at a party, so I threw caution to the wind and had a few. You know what? I don't feel like I failed, and I don't feel like I cheated at all. 

I'm coming to the realization that if you don't want to do something as much as you have in the past, giving yourself goals really help you to rein it in and curb your habits a bit. 

That being said I think I'd like my challenge for March to be to spend much less.

I can't believe how much money I spend on stuff that ISN'T essential to my daily life. I want to track all my purchases and make sure to maintain some budgets that don't break the bank. 

So I'm going to stop buying things I don't need. I find myself making purchases to make myself feel better sometimes, so instead I'm going to nurse bad days with much more productive and less expensive avenues. 

One of my biggest spending traps is Amazon. I buy  A LOT of books on kindle because it's just SO EASY! I have several books on hand and this month, I'm going to read those instead. 

Some tricks I'm going to use  to curb daily spending include:
 - Using Cash ONLY (this means leaving my cards at home so there is no temptation to use more than I already planned)
 - No purchases of anything new that isn't to replace something that is a) something I use regularly and is empty, or b) a gift for a birthday
 - Make meals together with friends instead of going out (eating out ALL WEEKEND LONG, this isn't just my struggle, my friends feel me on this one!)
 - Have drinks at home and not in bars or restaurants

How do you stop yourself from overspending? I'll need all the help I can get! 

- Carlybellexo