So here’s a little heads up for you: there will be two new challenges coming to this site in January. The first will be a mini seven-day Jump Start challenge, and the second one will be a brand new Tenner Week budgeting challenge. The arrival of the New Year is the perfect time to shake off the cobwebs and start making a few positive changes.
As always, the basics of both these challenges will be free to join in with, in case you’re low on funds after the festivities in December.
A 7-day Jump Start
The mini Jump Start challenge starts on the first of January with a general theme of ‘Boost your happiness and wellbeing‘ and I’m really excited about it. This is a subject that becomes more interesting with each passing year, as there’s so much research being done and so many new ideas to study and try out. There will be a different type of activity to try every day to shake us all out of that post-Christmas lethargy, and there will be at least one free option to try every day. If you have a little more to spend, there will also be a few low-cost treats and options to try out too.
There’s also going to be a related book to accompany the theme in due course, initially available as an ebook, because it’s such a huge topic area and a week really isn’t long enough to explore it properly. If you prefer a print book, please let me know and I’ll make one of those available too if there’s enough demand for one.
The new Tenner Week challenge
If you overspent at Christmas or New Year then the Tenner Week challenge is for you. It’s going to be held during the third week of January, also known as the extra-skint week before payday, perfect timing for cutting the spending right back!
This time around it will be based on all the different ways to earn ‘bonus points’ that we’ve mentioned during previous challenges. Each one will now have its own designated day to concentrate on it, so expect activities to include ‘mend something’, ‘get your home into shape’, ‘helping others’, and ‘rediscovering old hobbies and activities’.
If you need a refresher about the Tenner Week rules, they’re here. In a nutshell, you have a £10.00 cash budget for your spending, and you’re encouraged to use up leftovers and other things you own to reduce waste and save money.
So that’s it for the time being, but I’m really looking forward to January and I hope you can join me for one or both of these challenge weeks. Are you up for a challenge?