We visited with relatives this past week, and one comment was made that got me thinking. They said that they are really bad at snacking, so they don't buy snack foods. I know some other friends who have the same challenge, but they will go out for ice cream if they want a treat instead of bringing it home. It costs a little more, but they don't have junk food hanging around. This same idea can be used in many different ways. Most of us probably have areas where we can improve. The habits we have developed that waste time and money can be tamed and we can find a solution where we don't have to give up everything, but just find a way to make it work in a positive way.
If you eat too much at an all you can eat buffet, stop going. Find a restaurant that gives you a limited portion on your plate. You may not get as much food to eat, but you won't tempt yourself to overeat. Plus, if you have too much on your plate, you can take home the leftovers. You can't do that with an all you can eat buffet.
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If you find that it is easy for you to spend too much money when you go shopping, find a solution that will work for you so you don't spend as much. You can either shop less, take a certain amount of cash with you and leave your credit card at home, put everything on hold and give yourself 24 hours to think about it, etc. Maybe you can even put the money you would have spent in an account and save for something you really want in the future.
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If you have too much clutter in your home from going to garage sales and getting good deals, figure out a way to tame the problem. Choose to go to a limited amount of sales, bring a limited amount of cash so you need to be picky about what you buy, write a list beforehand of what you need and don't buy anything that isn't on the list, go with your spouse and have them look over everything before you buy to help you cut down on your purchases, take your 2 year old - you won't stay at any garage sales very long at all, because you will be chasing them and trying to keep an eye on them. That will help you save money! (Just Kidding)
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Instead of reading your favorite book when you know you should be making dinner or cleaning the house, figure out a win-win system like work for 30 minutes and then read a chapter. When you have a reward of doing something you want to do, it is easier to make it through the stuff you don't want to do. Use a timer. It can also help.
We all have things we can improve on. The key is to find what you need to improve on and find a positive way to work it out.