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Sunday, November 25, 2012

My husband and I are particularly good at spending money. Without a budget system in place, we would quickly and easily spend on the latest impulse gadget, music, books and apps from the iTunes Store, a cute shirt or any other trivial thing that comes along. Our impulse control could be much better.

So we give ourselves allowances for discretionary spending from every paycheck. It is about $100 every two weeks, which should be plenty to play around with. My strategy is to save about half for my next big purchase, whatever that may be.

Until about two weeks ago, though, I was having a tough time putting that savings away. My money just seemed to sift through my fingers faster than I could hide it away.

Until about two weeks ago, which is when I joined Spark People. That is also when I quit spending my discretionary fund on fast food. The cost adds up, especially these days, when costs have been rising and wages have not. A value meal (super sized, of course) ran close to $8. Not spending all that money on something that wasn't good for me has directly helped my bottom line -- a lot! I didn't realize how many times a week I defaulted to lunch from the drive- thru.

Now I have all that money to myself and I am saving it for the next splurge. A new camera? A nice weekend getaway for my husband and I?

I have also realized some other benefits: a shrinking belly, less swelling in my ankles and fingers from reduced salt intake, a better appreciation of moderate portions and a falling number on the scale.

I am realizing that eating fast food all the time came at an even higher cost than I realized. Now I am richer in both wealth and health.
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KITTY775 11/28/2012 4:03PM

    I have only been doing this for a little over two weeks, but this is by far the best weight loss website I have found with so many motivational and informational tools. It has really helped me to see my effort in a more realistic and productive way. I have had a really hard time staying on diets for any length of time in the past, but this program has really helped me eat in a much more healthful manner and view things in a more positive light. I am so impressed. Thanks for your kind words and best of luck on your own journey. emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/28/2012 4:04:45 PM

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JUDY106 11/27/2012 10:02AM

    You are right. I have notice the same thing. Now I am able to buy some new clothes to fit better since I HAVE LOST. I LOVE THIS SITE. I AM DOING BETTER THAN I HAVE EVER DONE BY USING THIS SITE'S TOOLS. KEEP ON SPARKING AND GET INVOLVE WITH EVERYTHING YOU CAN ON THE SITE. YOU WILL BE ;LOSING EVEN MORE BY DOING IT. Best WISHES ON YOUR EFFORTS.
STOP BY AND GIVE ME A SHOUT OUT FROM TIME TO TIME. HUGS JUDY

PS. I looked up and saw that i was typing in caps. not going to retype. sorry. (LOL)

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