4 Habits that I’m trying to quitPosted: February 3, 2012
The other day I was thinking about some horrid habits that have carried with me over from when I was poor. Granted, we normally had *something* to eat (especially during the school year as we would get free lunches and breakfasts), it was normally just a question of whether as kids we wanted to eat it or how much of it we would get. But we were still pretty poor—and thankfully always had a place to live in. As such, I developed some poor habits and am slowly trying to break them so that I can feel as if I broke a cycle.
Habit Number 1 I stock up ridiculously on canned goods—whether or not I think I will need them or not. And actually, it’s not just canned goods. It’s anything that goes in a pantry. I see tomato sauce for $0.48 and I will buy 5 at a time every time I go shopping. That’s right I’ve had 10 cans of tomato sauce in one month and I know I never used one can—but I sure bought more the next time I went. My reasoning was what if I needed one and didn’t have one (or you know, 10)? I’ve gotten better about this—I only have 2 cans of tomato sauce in my pantry at the moment. I do like to keep at least that much as I can’t kick the habit entirely right now but I’m still trying.
Habit Number 2 Clothes. I am horrible at not giving away or throwing out things that I either do not like, do not fit me or are falling apart. I keep them and hold on to them “in case”. Not sure really what that “in case” will be but I keep them just the same. I’m trying to get better at this and also am trying to buy clothes to replace things that I’ve kept that I shouldn’t have. Currently I have a big box and bag of clothes that I do not need—either they do not fit or I don’t like them but I kept them for some reason. Thankfully I do not have space for them so it is kind of forcing me to get rid of them but they are still going bye-bye.
Habit 3 Not going to the doctor or dentist. I’m absolutely horrible at this. If it wasn’t for my work offering a discount on health insurance if you go to a doctor at least once a year for a wellness exam, I doubt I would go unless absolutely needed. But I know it is in my better interest to be healthy and so I try. I at least have health insurance now—I hadn’t had it in over 5 years previous. Mostly due to the fact that I couldn’t afford to pay for it.
Habit 4 Left over money? Not any more, I just bought my need/want of the week. I never had savings to speak of. Well, maybe $2 in my checking account but I don’t know if I really count that. But for awhile I did—that was a loaf of bread. And that bread could feed me for a week or two. But any left over money was spent as soon as I had it. I knew it wouldn’t be around for too much longer and if I wanted a treat I needed to spend it as soon as I could. Thankfully, this was one habit that I’ve (mostly) kicked. I like having a savings and I like not having to scramble for milk money when it’s a few days before pay day.
These are just 4 of the habits I’ve noticed. I’m sure that I have more but these are the biggest that I’ve noticed. Well, there is one more—being in debt. But I’m working on that.