To celebrate this accomplishment I have decided to compile a list of all the things I learned about myself during the month.
- I have a weakness for french fries and hot chocolate mocha.
- When you start paying attention to the little things you usually waste money on, you automatically start to question everything you spend money on, even the essential things, like bills.
- Saving money is addictive.
- If you give a want enough time to sit in your thoughts before you run out and satiate it, you often come up with a better solution or realize that you prefer something else.
- You can't put a dollar value on peace of mind.
- If you replace one thing you crave with something else, the craving will grow and seem to get larger. If you stick it out though, you can defeat that feeling.
- Self control is tough work.
- Laziness coupled with convenience is the most popular money sink.
- Home cooked meals are usually twice as satisfying as take-away.
- I get very motivated by challenges.
- If I take a snack to work with me I am less likely to buy anything extra.
- Meal planning and cooking in advance are essential to maintaining a healthy diet.
- When you buy only the freshest components for your meals, your grocery bills comes down. Canned/packaged food is typically more expensive.
I am looking forward to carrying out this exercise again in 2015, but even before then I will be using what I learned from this one, to improve my spending habits over the coming year.