We all have those things
Those money-saving habits.
You know, the things we know we could do, should do, that would help our financial situation. If we could just get in the habit of doing them, we’d save some money. Maybe it wouldn’t change our entire situation, but it would be a step in the right direction.
Yet for some reason we just can’t seem to make it stick, or we just choose not to. As you’re reading this, something made have already popped into your mind. You may be thinking of you “thing” and feeling a little guilty. Don’t. We all have things we know can help our situation, but we just can’t seem to get in the habit of doing them. You’re not alone.We all have those things. You know, the things we know we could do that would help our financial situation. Click To Tweet
For me, it’s drinking water. It sounds small, but I’m already pretty frugal and I don’t like paying for things, yet I totally disregard this free resource. Dr. Pepper is my weakness. I’ve tried several times to quit, but just can’t make it stick. When I’m not drinking Dr. Pepper, I’m adding flavored drink mix to my water.
Water is free. (Well, except my water bill.) It’s easy; no running out to buy it, don’t have to add anything to it, just turn on the faucet! It’d save me A LOT of money when I eat out. And it’s probably 1,000 times healthier than anything else I could drink.
I know these things, but just can’t make it stick.
We ALL have these things.
You’re not alone
Here are some from the readers:
Eating out too much is always a budget buster for me. – Lauren
Meal planning to prevent the “what’s for dinner? Let’s just order out!” mess. – Suzanna of One Hoolie Mama
Dumping cable TV. That IS an addiction. – Randy
Buying store-bought baked goods! It would be so much cheaper to bake from scratch and the sad part is I’m a really good baker too!. – Erin of Stay At Home Yogi
Having satellite tv – it’s so awful but I MUST have my shows that I watch. – Katie of Love My Messy Messy Mess
Gas for my car. I know I could drive more efficiently, but I really like peeling out, jack rabbit starts and quick stops. I know I should really try to maximize fuel economy, I’m just not very good at it, except when I have passengers. – Scott
This applies to any budget area, but I am currently struggling with Groceries. Taking out cash for the week/month, and ONLY using that. No matter what. – Nicole from Blissfully Simplified
Go out to eat less or order more wisely when I do go out! – Lauren
Couponing! I really want to get back into it but I can’t find the time. – Hannah from Eat, Drink, and Save Money
Avoiding Target! – Nicole
Giving up pop! – Christina of Northern Cheapskate
The same as yours (water) – and bringing lunch to work! – Katy
I buy pop too often. – Sarah of the Recreational Gardener
The $1-$5 bins at Target. Not that it’s a lot of money, but I buy things here just because. – Nicki (When I did the Minsgame, it was depressing how much of it was from those Target bins. I used to buy so much from there!)
Buying coffee! So much cheaper to make it at home and bring it with you in the morning! – Tanya from Motherly Adventures
Being up at camp has helped my Caribou addiction, it was so hard to kick that. – Chris
My one splurge treat is craft beer. I buy single bottles at the store to try more beer, but a mix-and-match six-pack is more expensive than a six-pack of the same beer, or sometimes almost close to a price of a case of cheaper craft beer. But it’s my hobby and treat and I enjoy it. – Valerie of Kale & Ale (I think this could maybe count as blog research…)
Eating out! Such a bad addiction. – Amy
Eating fast food and pizza. I’ve blogged about it a couple of times. I don’t like the food, but I love having someone else do all of the work! We’ve been able to kick the habit so far in 2016 (fingers crossed!). – Jamie of Medium Sized Family
Spontaneous online clearance shopping. – Amy
Drinking diet pop instead of water. I should just give up pop. – Charlene from Thinking Outside the Pot
I could do my own mani-pedi but it’s so much more relaxing to go to salon. – Cheryl
Let’s do it together
I ran out of drink mix recently and I’m not going to buy anymore. When I run out of Dr. Pepper, I won’t buy anymore. Maybe, hopefully, I’ll learn to like water. I’ll lose some pounds and keep some cash.
Let’s do it together. We’re human, we all have vices and sticking points, but let’s give it a shot. What’s the one money-saving habit that just won’t seem to stick? Comment below and commit to it. Let’s motivate one another!
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