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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

This post is not necessary completely related to the nutrition/fitness focus of SparkPeople. But it kind of is.

Over the last few months I've thought about and half-heartedly considered taking the better discipline I've acquired in regard to food and applying that to money.

After all, if I can budget my calories, why not my cash?

I regret to say I have not made as much progress on the financial front as I have on the nutritional front.

But I am pleasantly surprised to note that there isn't anything I want right now. I can't think of one unnecessary material thing that I would purchase if I had the means to do so right now.

I've heard this may come with age. Do we get less materialistic as we get more mature? Probably. More content with what we have? That would be good too.

I like to think that it also has to do with me learning new coping mechanisms. If I am stressed or bored or angry I no longer need to spend money on something that I don't need or eat something I shouldn't to try and feel better. I can instead write about how I'm feeling or take a walk or commiserate and laugh with people who will understand.

This is good, my friends. Very, very good.
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    Yes, I've been working on the decluttering although it's VERY challenging (esp my beloved books!)...

    And I understand completely on the budgetary woes; fortunately since I straightened out child support w/ex, that extra $$ has helped eased the pressure. (still need to work on long-term plan however)
    1250 days ago
    Yes...very, very good! So happy for your progress, Stephanie!
    What an inspiration YOU are!!!
    In medicine it is an established theory that compulsive eating, compulsive spending and poor time management usually go hand in hand. Getting a grip on one of those behaviors generally better enables us to manage the others with which we may also experience difficulty.

    1251 days ago
    Yaaay!! That IS very very good. I'm so happy that you're making progress in multiple areas of your life that you wanted to improve. Major pats on the back to you!

    1254 days ago
    Have you checked out Spark Savings at all? It is a companion site to SparkPeople and is for finances. There are teams over there too that you can join and you can even put together a budget and track your spending. It's pretty cool. :-)

    You have certainly come a long way, my friend! I'm so proud of you!!!!!

    And I know for me, I think I also started applying the same types of thinking to other areas of my life as I was learning them here on Spark. In some ways, I guess once I saw that I could accomplish goals that I put my mind too, I knew I could do it in other areas.

    Here's the link to SparkSavings...sorry I can't make it clickable here:
    1255 days ago
    1255 days ago
    The impulses and "must haves" do seem to gradually fade away as we get older. These days, I want to purge more than buy!
    1257 days ago
    very good indeed, but I too find as I grow older, there is really not much I want to spend money on, It has to be a special occasion for me to get any new clothes, but with me not going to work anymore, it is rare when I dress up, I do need some new workout clothes, but no hurry on that. and yes, I am much more contented/happy than I was 20 years ago.

    LIFE IS GOOD emoticon
    1257 days ago
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