is it possible to not spend a single dollar for a week?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

by the time that you are reading this i will be on my third day of a challenge i'm currently in the middle of for cleveland's NBC affiliate WKYC.

i've been charged by WKYC to not spend a single dollar from this past monday to this upcoming sunday.

that's one full week of not just being on a set budget, but literally having zero budget.

and if you know me at all in person or simply from this blog, or if you follow me on twitter or foursquare, then you know that i'm a social butterfly, gallivanting foodie, and shopaholic that likes to spend money.

the instructions were as follows: fill up my gas tank and go to the grocery store sunday night, then, well, just don't spend any money. all while documenting on my flip video when i realize things that i would normally be doing but can't because they cost money.

this should be an interesting experience to say the least, as i'm very curious to see if i can make it through the week/weekend.

i mean what if i run out of gas?!?! what if i desperately need starbucks?!? what if the marc jacob bag i've been eying goes on super sale?!?

the agony! the torture!

the piece is going to run on WKYC in two parts, one this upcoming monday based on the interview i did yesterday morning at my apartment - check out a picture from the shoot.

and the second one this upcoming tuesday which will give a full week recap of how i did.

i sure hope i'm ready for my closeup...

so set your DVR's to WKYC (that's channel 3, kids), to see how i do, but remember the camera adds 40 pounds.


23 comments:

  1. You're a celebrity! I would love to watch it...is there a way you can get a copy of the interview to post on your blog for us non locals to see?

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  2. I think it's awesome that you're doing this! How did they come up with the idea? and choose you? :)

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  3. Wooo, I knew you were a celebrity! I think that is a great challenge but even I'm not sure I could do that. I can't wait to hear how you did. And yes, will the segment be on their website?

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  4. I think it may be close to impossible to not spend a single dollar during the week. Does that mean you couldn't even buy something from a vending machine? Can someone spend money on you? I don't know if this is possible.

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  5. shannon - ha, hardly a celebrity. i'm pretty sure it'll be online and i'll post it for you out of towners.

    ben - this is getting me one step closer to getting you a sponsorship to get your butt to cleveland for the gay games

    rachel - not sure how they came up with the idea, but my good friend maureen is a reporter with WKYC and approached me about it.

    mandy - no way jose with the celebrity, it's just the news : ) - and yes, i'm sure it'll be on the website, i'll post it next week so you can see my debut.

    jay - yeah, i think it'll be tough. and yes, that means i can't buy anything in a vending machine - not that i ever do anyways. haha. while i think it's going to be hard, i do think it's going to be possible.

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  6. You can do it. I think spending money on gas would be ok because you have to get to work.

    But I hope you stocked up on booze.

    Good luck. Can't wait to watch this.

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  7. This is both awesome and terrifying. Looking forward to seeing the piece. You're a rockstar for doing this.

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  8. SO freaking cool! I love the idea of the challenge too (although - I think I would have seriously trouble trying to abide by it!)

    can't wait to hear how you did and see the pieces air!

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  9. I think this calls for a viewing party!!!

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  10. Good luck. I am pretty sure I'd fail at that task! I hope you post the interviews on the blog since I won't be catching the local news!

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  11. That's such a fun concept. Good luck this week! Do you know what time it will air? I'll be out of town but want to set up my DVR so I can catch it when I get back.

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  12. I work so much that i do this all the time. And I drive a hybrid, so a tank of gas (10 gallons) usually lasts about two to three weeks for me.

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  13. Wow, that's impressive! Good luck with that - I know personally there's no way I could manage this . . . even if I put my social life on hold for a week!

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  14. I like the challenge!! I've done this before, but it was on accident. And then I immediately bought something to feel whole again. I do NOT have a problem. Good luck!

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  15. I have tried this before and it's really hard to do. Hope you succeed! Think of all the money you're going to save this week!

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  16. What if you find money on the ground? Can you then spend it? It'll be like Brewster's Millions, but different. Look it up.

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  17. oh man that would be so hard for me. good luck!!

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  18. You can do it! Luckily you live close to work.

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  19. Good luck! A friend of mine did this once and by the middle of the week, she was digging in her couch for spare change to buy a beer or something :)

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  20. freaking incredible. I don't know if I could do it, and I certainly don't envy you - but I think it rocks that your doing it. And on TV!!!!! Maybe if I dieted on tc and didn't want to fail in front of the whole country, I would do better. :(

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