Here we are, at Day 3 of the No Spend Declutter Challenge! How is it going so far? Have you seen a little bit of progress in your mind and in your house?

Download and print the No Spend Declutter Checklist here. Check off your completed decluttering tasks and color in a square each time you successfully have a No Spend Day.

Day 3 Declutter Task:

Today’s task for the Declutter portion is one that is definitely needing some attention in our home. Toys. We’re going to work on organizing and decluttering the toy situation! If your home isn’t overrun with toys, then you could concentrate on sporting goods and pet items if either of those apply.

I’m going to try to involve the kids. Especially my oldest, but she tends to get attached to everything. I will give her some guidance and encourage her to really choose the toys she actually plays with and loves. Even if we only discuss the possibility of one day donating an item, I find that she can part with the item when she’s had time to think about it. I also think I will be decluttering some, but storing others so I can rotate them.

Do you have any toy storage tips? Share your ideas in the comments!

Day 3 No Spend Task:

Before I did my very first No Spend Challenge way back in 2008, one of the reasons why I would spend impulsively was because I was bored. I’d find myself at the mall wandering around and getting caught up in the sales I would find.

So, with boredom in mind, today we are going to talk about fun! After all, I think a key aspect to a successful No Spend Challenge is learning how to have fun for free! We don’t have to spend a lot of money, or any money at all to have fun.

Since it’s Friday and the weekend starts tomorrow I’m going to list a whole bunch of ideas for a No spend weekend. Of course, these ideas will work any day of the week, but typically the weekend is when most of us have more time for fun! These ideas should also work with our current world situation. 🙂

No Spend Weekend Ideas:

  • Make a time capsule
  • Have a game night with board games and cards
  • Movie night – grab a movie off the shelf that you haven’t watched in a while and make some homemade microwave popcorn!
  • Read books
  • Try Minute to Win It games (ideas found all over google)
  • Do a puzzle
  • Learn a new skill
  • Have a theme night/day – Mexican, Italian, pirate…the list goes on. Plan dinners and activities around your theme!
  • Go for a hike
  • Build a snowman
  • Have a craft night – paint, sew, draw…etc!
  • Go sledding
  • Visit the library
  • Go sit by the water with a hot drink
  • Play on a playground
  • Try a science experiment
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Make something from old magazines
  • Bake a cake
  • Start a home project
  • Try geocaching
  • Look through old photos
  • Go bird watching – see how many different types of birds you can spot. Maybe bring along a bird book from the library.
  • Go for a walk around the neighborhood
  • Do some summer planning
  • Take a nap
  • Prepare a meal for a friend (drop it off outside)
  • Have a picnic, inside or outside depending on the weather
  • Shovel a neighbors driveway

I’d love to hear your ideas for free weekend activities in the comments below!

I will be posting each task in the Simply Frugal No Spend Declutter Challenge Facebook Group. This is where most of the discussion will be happening.

I will also be posting random progress reports throughout the challenge over at Instagram! Follow me on Instagram @simplyfrugal and use the hashtag #nospenddeclutter to get updates and see what others are up to during the challenge!

If you do not use social media, I would love to read your comments on each task, right here, below each challenge post on!