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Last week i was having a real problem sticking to my allowance which was between 1400 - 1700. I felt really hungry, which,although i was drinking lots of water left me feeling bloated. I felt restricted, so I changed my calorie allowance to between 2000 and 2500, since, my highest calorie in intake for the day so far has been around 1550 cals, well within my original calorie allowance, I don't feel hungry, at all,nor do i feel restricted and scared that i am going to go over my allowance.
I don't give in when my girls "need" something new, or I'd be forever broke. I tell them we'll consider it for the next pay day. Half the time they forget. If they remember, they have to contribute from their allowance or wait until they have a clothing allowance. They are 9 and 11 but this has been working for years.
Sometimes we will go to the consignment shop and find a similar item for less than half the price. The clothing allowance is really key because they have control. 211
Give yourself a penny for each point you earn on Spark then you can use them to reward yourself when you reach goals.
I had this idea a long time ago to set a jar near my pc and add pennies to it each day for my Spark points--for instance, I have 21,221 points right now, which adds up to $212.21--enough for a really nice reward or a BUNCH of small ones.
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