Thousands of people from all over the world participate in The January Money Diet, a month-long no spending challenge that helps people save and start the new year financially strong.
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Each January, thousands of people from all over the world embark on a collective 31-day financial fast with the January Money Diet. Returning for its 11th year on January 1, 2020, participants collectively cease all nonessential spending for the whole month--often with amazing results. Some people pay down debt, others increase their savings, and some simply take a breather from buying stuff after the holidays.
Author Eliza Cross, founder of The YOLO Blog, posts tips throughout the month for cutting monthly expenses, reducing energy consumption, creating a plan to pay down debt, DIY projects, free ways to have fun, meal planning, and recipes--like easy (and inexpensive) homemade pizza. "Each year I'm amazed at how quickly money can accumulate when I'm not frittering it away on restaurant meals, impulse purchases and more stuff," Cross says.
In a private Facebook group, participants share their money challenges and financial triumphs—like former participant Lynn Louise who wrote,"I saved almost $1,000.00, and I honestly don't feel like I deprived myself or my family of anything. I can't think of why I would ever go back to the way I use to spend."
The January Money Diet is free to join at https://januarymoneydiet.com/ and begins January 1, 2020.